Skip to main content

Full text of "Variety (September 1928)"

See other formats


94 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, August 29, 1928 



LYONS & LYONS, INC 




HAVE THE HONOR TO ANNOUNCE 
THE EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT OF 




USBY 




America's ForemDst Mnskal Comedy 
DAM DIRECTOR 

LIKE A METEOR, BERKELEY 
HAS CRASHED ACROSS THE 
MUSICAL COMEDY SKY 

In One Season 
He Created the Following 

DANCE HIT SHOWS 




**A CONNECTICUT YANKEE" 

with the famous shieldi dance and the sensational table 
buck. 

"WHITE EAGLE" 

with its amazing Indian blanket and spear war dance. 

"PRESENT ARMS" 

with rhythms and effects that brought commendation 
from the New York * 'Times'* as the most difficult dance 
groupings ever seen on the musical stage. 

EARL CARROLL'S "VANITIES" 

with everything from the dignified and glorious show 
girl numbers to the breath-taking **Vaniteaser.*' 



Now in Preparation; The HAMMERSTEIN-STALLINGS-YOUMANS Musical 

"RAINBOW" for Philip Goodman 



ALL OF MR, BERKELEY'S BUSINESS WILL BE 
™VNSAGTED FROM 



LYONS & LYONS, INC., PARAMOUNT BLDG., NEW YORK 



PubllBhed Weekly at 16i West 46tD St.. New ?ork, N. f . o? V»riety, Inc. Annual eubaortptlon. $10. Single conic* 86 centa 
Entered ac aecond - clasc matret December 22. 1906. at the Post c mce at New Fork. N T„ anrter the act or March t. 187t. 



VOL. XCn. No. 8 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1928 



64 PAGES 



KATE PULLMAN EUGENIC MA 



Vaude Man Accepts Shukrt Challenge 
He Can t Get Injunction or Book Act 



J. J. Shiibert in alleged to have 
told Harry Koffer,s, vaudeville pro 
ducer, that he could bet ' |20,000 
that he (Rogers) wquld never get 
an injunction against the Shuberts 
and that furthermore, 3:3 owner' of 
160,000 shares of stock in the Keith 
vaudeville circuit, he could, prevent 
Rogers from booking Billy House's 
act. To quote Rogers' affidavits in 
an Injunction suit which conies up 
for argument toniori-ow (Thursday) 
on the restraining writ, "h^' (J. J, 
Shubert) said he owned 160,000 
shares of the Keith Circuit stock 
and that he was on the Board of 
, Directors and that I could not get 
such bookings in that office unless 
he was willing that I should." 

Action arises over the services of 
Billy House, who was for many 
years under Rogers' vaudeville di- 
rection, until House signed for -a 
Shubert production at $1,000 a week 
and jumped his contract with 
Rogers, 

■^Vhen the vaudeville manager told 
Shubert that he would be faced with 
an injunction suit, "and when I re- 
ferred to the fact he himself re- 
strained different actors from jump- 
ing their contracts, he again told 
me that I would find out that he 
could do It, but I could not do it," 
states Rogers in his affidavit. 
Files in Westchester 

Harry Rogers Theatrical Enter- 
pri.ses. Inc., is bringing its suit in 
Westchester county. The defend- 
ants are William H. Comstock, as 
House is known in private life, tlie 
Shubert Theatre Corp., and Jacob 
J. Shubert. Rogers is represented 
by O'Brien, Malcyinsky and Dris- 
coil and Lyman Hess as joint at- 
torneys. 

"Rogers sets forth "that he- had 
House signed at $150 a week and up 
to. f;i50 weekly under a long term 
contract. That when Arthur S. 
Lyon.s, of Lyons & Lyons, acting 
for the Shuberts, approached him 
with a $750 bid for Hou.sc's services 
he refused it because of $52,500 
worth of Keith-Orpheum bookings, 
for the 1928-9 sea.son, already set. 
Shubert personally inci-0.ased the oil- 
fer to $900 and $1,000, after asking 
Rogers what he would con.sider to 
relinquish the come<lian for a Shu- 
bert musical production. 

Rogers asked for $1,100 a week 
with r»'.servatlona including ?Iouse's 
services for talkers, a deal which 
was almost closed; also a provision 
that he (Rogers) read the script 
of the proposed .show for the com- 
edian in order to protect himself 
against House's fliwing and thus 
reacting ;ig;unst both the actor and 
_ hi^msel r^. ^ ^_ ..^ _^ - ^„ ^ 

Shubert objeriied to any talkers 
for people iiinler his management 
(Continued on page 15) 

$60,000 Coffee Plug 

A ^r<'rchan(s' caft'teriu is to opon 
ill the Jiond building wiu>rt; the 
Twill ();ilc'. I'csLfuiraiU used to be. 
Thf» .siti' is being renovated and re- 
dcedi'.'iicd wiih I'entnl JGO.OOO ye.'u-ly. 
All this i.v hi'inu' dono' to si'll corfof^ 
i'f five conls Li cup. 



Circus Merger Looms 

Ft. Wayne, Ind,. Sept. 4. 

John Ringling, of the Ring- 
ling-Barnum Circus, Jerry Mu- 
giviri and Bert Bowers, rep- 
'resenting the Hagehbeck-Wal- 
lace, John Robinson and Sells- 
Floto circuses, are all in town. 

Miller Brothers' "101 Ranch" 
show exhibits here today also 
and it Isnnderstood the prop- 
osition of a big circus merger 
is being discussed. 



Par. Bids $50,000 
For Aimee in a Talker 



mLsmLKOUTem 
7- 






Mother in Chicago Hospital 
Describes Ideal Bachelor 
Father as "Wm. Diner/' 6 
Feet, 190 Pounds and Per- 
fect Specinien — ^Sequel of 
Roscoe's Mixup in Case of 
Burnham Baby Last 
March 



DAD'S NOT IN PICTURE 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Paramount may sign Aimee Sem- 
ple MacPherson to do a sound pic- 
ture. Negotiations have been going 

oh with the feminine evangelist for 
the past two weeks. A. A. Kaufman 
has been acting for Paramount. 

It is said the picture company 
proposes making one full length fea- 
ture with Aimee that will be propa- 
ganda for her cause besides aimed 
at entertainment. Kaufman has at- 
tended a number of her Sunday ser- 
nions, all of which are staged in 
theatrical fashion, and ■ it is con- 
templated to VS& the entire Four 
Square Gospel setting or duplicate 
them at the studio. Plans also are 
said to provide for scenes of Aimee 
in action at the Temple which seats 
some 5,000 foUcwcfs. . 

If the deal goes through the pic- 
ture will be put into p.roductioii 
around Jan, J, According to reports 
Aimee has been offered $50,000 and 
a pei-centage of the profits with 
Paramount to have an option for 
three more pictures. " 



Padlocking Homes 



Minneapolis, Sept. 4. 

They're even padlocking homes 
here for liquor law violations, An- 
drew J. Volstead, "father'' of the 
dry law and legal advisor to the 
northwest prohibition bureau, is re- 
sponsible for this latest govern- 
mental move. 

Proceedings against 26 homes 
were started by Fedci-al authorities 
t his^jfveek jLn d^ 

arc .succes.sCul, the home.s will be 
padlocked and barred to ooci.ij)iiney 



for a year, 

Volstead declares "tlie governmc.nt of the T'nion Stock Vanls, as jier 



Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Kate Pullman, who walked out as 
the stage partner of Roscoe AiJs 
last March when the vaudeville 
headliner's name was connected 
with the eugenic baby born to Mrs. 
Grace Mailhouse-Burnham in New 
York, became the mother of a 
strictly eugenic son herself at the 
German Deaconess Hospital here 
Aug. 28. 

Miss Pullman, whose stage lusso- 
clation with Alls had lasted seven 

(Continued on page 59) 



Carnival Swindles Under New 
Fire by Picture and Resort Men 



The Last Gasp 



Ixjs Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Doormen and ushers em- 
ployed In liouses operated by 
West Coast Theatres in the 
Los Angeles area must spray 
their mouths before going on 
duty every day. This is the 
order of J, J. Franklin, division 
.manager, who found halitosis 
prevalent among theatre em- 
ployes. 

Chief usher must make a 
mouth to niouth inspection aa 
every shift goes on duty. There 
are 40 theatres in the division 
headed by Franklin. 



TRADE HGHTS 
ANIMAL BAN 



Los Angeles, Sept, 4. 
T.p_ eliminatc.the possibility that 
the. use of all animiils for motion 
picture, vaudeville, circus, legiti- 
mate theatre or other exhibition 
purposes may be banned in thi^ 
state by law, the Rodeo Educational 
Association has been organized here 
to fight what is. termed the an'cl- 
"t-odeo bill which will be submitted 
to California voters at the general 
election in November. 

Strict, interpretation of the bill; 
it Is s.ald, would not only keep all 
animal acts off the stage, ban all 
rodeos and keep performing animals 
out of pictures, but would eliminate 
the making of all western films, as 
well as barring the filming of iny 
pha.se of ranch life or anything else 
in which animals, particularly cat- 
tle and horses, actually played a 
part in tlie action. 

At a meeting last week, the asso- 
ciation porror-ted its organization, 
\yhic-h incUules cliambers of com- 
mrrcp,"" rattlrrnTTT'5""lKrdicR,^" baTricing" 
and business interest.^ of southern 
f'alifornin, with J, A. McTs'.aughton,' 
\'l('f'-])re.s|d''nt ami irciii-i-al micniigi'r 



can padlock a lioiuc just fis easily 
as It can a soft drink ijarior or 
hotel." Tenants or owners of the 
homes in (nie.stlon fire ehargfd with 
the i)os.''r>.<<sirin nr sale of liiiiiOr. Vol- 
stead as.sorts that boolleggors, driven 
out of the soft drink hars and hotels, 
are trying to sliii-ld 1h'>ir aptiviti<-s 
behind the sanclity of the home. 



ni.'nient eli.'iirmM), A'^.- istiini'e of 
.ill br.'itielK..^; of the tli'^titricil 
fession in being sought. 

Subject to their acceptance, Will 
rto:,'ers nnd "jrf)ot" Gih.son vtc 
nanu'd as mf-niliers of a cont;icl 
rorjiinittef of LOfi on who.-!e shouM- 
"rs will f-iH the gnNitf-i- .sliruv' of 
lht» wi;ik of ihi' fumpainn. 



A. P. Goes for Wampas' 
Coast PoGtical Ballyhoo 



Los Angeles, Sept, 4. 
Members of the Wampas, picture 
press agents' organization, didn't 
realize with what solemnity their 
efforts are talcen by national news 
agencies -until what started as a 
ballyhoo gag for a meeting of the 
club, due tonight, was taken se- 
riously by the As.sociated Press and 
broadcast nationally l>€fore that 
service got wise, 

Harry H, Beall and Norman Man- 
ning started the campaign for full 
attendance by issuing the customary 
(Continued on page 7) 



Kids Close Theatre 



New Milford, N. J„ Sept. 4. 

This town's only amusement em- 
porium will be .'jcrapped for a gar- 
age, or something, Within a few 
Weeks, Ihaijillty of Charles . Battag- 
lia to quiet meddle.some young-, 
sters from waxing merry on per- 
formance nigiits is srlven as the 
cause. House has been playing 
vaude and pictures. 

Battaglia took the matter up with 
the parents, and a practical boy- 
cott was his boomerang. 

He h.as decided • to close rather 
than enter i.Tito furtlier embroilment 
with his nclgiibors. 

l-Reeler Cleaning Up for 
Hat Firm in Venezuela 

In Venezuela picture exhibitors 
h.'ive fouT)d a n»'\v source of revenue, 
A.g'Mits [nr a wcll-Kiiowa Ainerican 
rnaU(» oC mi-n's hats h.uve gotten 
liuhl of. ;ui iH(Ui:-trial on^'-redor, 
made In the- V. S'., wliich i.s being 
shown in .tH Ic.'iding plcttir'-' h'niscs 
jii.st lU'i'ft'dhig the f(';itur(- i)ii'ture, 
TJic tj.xnih gets $10 in Atrifrir-fin 
money for showing it. 

The .'igi-nts are sflling so many 
h.it.y the Anwricaii oiiHiil sent 
through a special repoil on il. 



Further attack upon the already 
hard pressed carnival business 
came this week from two new di- 
rections. 

In one case a summer p.ark op- 
erator near Trenton, N. J,, who haa 
suffered from the invasion of trav- 
elling gyp shows, began a public- 
ity campaign through the radio 
station which la part of hla re- 
sort's equipment. 

At the same time word came 
from the Coast that a new picture, 
produced by Ralph Block for Pathe, 
will Incorporate In its action a 
complete expose of all the carnival 
gimmicks, which will go Into na- 
tion-wide circiilation as anti-car- 
nival propaganda. 

Picture ia "The Splclei*," Settings 
for the production take up six 
blocks on the main thoroughfare of 
Culver City and a complete travel- 
ing carnival has been hired to 
supplly the details. 

Park's Reprisals 

The crusading park is Woodlawri, 
adjacent to Trenton, and carnivals 
have been licensed to operate near-' 
by all summer. Park has no wheels 
and only a few skill game conces- 
sion.s, depending upon high class 
amiisement. Management com- 
plained that as many as ten car- 
nivals were permitted to oijcrate 
in. the nearby townships at one 
time, running all. manner of mer- 
chandise wheels and more often 
tha*i not money wheels wide open 
and without thought of conceal- 
ment. 

Park filed complaint with local 
authorities,, according to its state-, 
ment, and getting no action from 
that source, has opened a drive by 
broadcasting educational dlscus- 
.sions on tho carnival lot gyp sys- 
tem. Already on the' air they have 
explained the operation of "squeeze 
games," "strong joints" and how 
they work, the nature of a "sucker" 
and the variety of rackets used to 
"take" him. 

Since the campaign opened Tren- 
ton has put a ban on all whf.'(?l.H, 
which has been eciuivalr'nt, to bar- 
rin.g the cirnlvals v/ho h;ive .<,'liifted 
their activities outside the city 
line. 

The broadcast of the facts is 
awakening the voters of the section 
to the fact that carnivals ean't 
oi)erate without wheels, find also to 
the attitude of township olljcijil.s 
toward the traveling gypsie.«. 
Woodland Is the largest p.-uk in 
Ceriti.al Jer.scy and its radio drive 
is-<MrveiMfig--most-of^l-hc-==3f.ater-^with^ 
consequent pressure upon local ad- 
ministrations. 



BROOKS 



THE NAME YOU OO BY 
WHEN YOU GO TO BUY 



COSTUMES 



I PWAY. NY TEU. 5M0 PCNN. 
I AiLO H.VjO costumes to nriTT ; 



VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE 
8 St. Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square 



FOREIGN 



CABLE ADDRESS: VARIETY, LONDON 

6276-6277 Regent Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



SUSPICION IN NEGRO 
CABARET MAN'S DEATH 

Palmer Jones Collapses on St. 
—Acute Indigestion Given 
as Cause of Death 



Paris, Sept. .4. 

Svispioions and ^ probable investi- 
gations surroiincl tlii? sudden death 
last "Wednesday of Palmer Jones, 
colored entertainer. 

Acute indigestion is the ascribed 
<;ause, but rumors persist. Florence 
Jones, the wife, runs a cafe for 
white folks in Montmartrc. 

Nathaniel Palmer Jone-s, colored 
entertainer and owner of Florence's 
cabaret, died in a Paris hospital 
following a sudde^i seizure of acute 
indigestion. 

Jone$, who was. 40, was stricken 
on the street and was hurried to 
the hospital. His wife, Florence, 
caused the. body to be cremated In 
obedience to the expressed wishes 
pf the dead rrian. 



Arnold-Sayag Break 

Paris, Sept. 4. 
Billy. Arnold, popular band leader, 
is reported breaking with H^dmund 
Saya^r, Pa;ris' . erratic . impresario, 
after an a.ssbciation of several 
years. 

Arnold, playing at the Ca.sino in 
Deauville, figures he was treated 
unfairly by Sayag \yhen the latter 
tried to displace him In order to 
make a booking for the American, 
Ted Lewis. 

Sayag negotiated. with M. Andrea, 
one of the pi'incipal owners of the 
Deauville Casino. The latter, how- 
ever, Informed Arnold and Sayag's 
plans fell through. 



HUNGAEY'S FILMS GROW 

Paris, Sept. 4.. 

Te Republic of Hungary is bcr 
coming a big consumer of motion 
pictures. 

Figures :compiied within last year 
chow there are 580 theatres and a 
dally average attendance of 170,000 
persons. Check up on taxes indtcates, 
all theatres run at a profit. 



Two Acts for Australia 

San Francisco, Sept. 4. 

Deno and Rochelle, and Swor and 
Swor have been'bpoked for Austra- 
lia. Former act isails tomorrow 
(Wednesday)- and the latter act the 
next day, 

L. A. Mantell,. representing Union 
Theatres, Ltd,, made the bookings. 



Honoring Champagne 



Paris, Aug; 27, 
Popping of corks, from cham- 
pagne bottl.es, followed the 
memorial coreniony in the vil- 
lage church of Hautvillers, . 
near Epernay, in honor. of Dom 
Perpignon. 

He wa.s the Benedictine monk 
uho invented champagne 
tbwai^ds the end of the 17th 
century in that part of France. 



Chinese Melo Promising 

London, Sept. 4. 

"The Moving Finger" Which 
opened last week at the Garrick 
looks like a, moderate success. It is 
a Chinese melodrama resembijng in 
some respects "Mr. Wu." 

Piece is well constructed, and uni - 
formiy good acting contributes 
vastly to its prospects for patron- 
age. Author is cloaked by anony- 
mity, but understanding is that Sir 
Patrick Hastings, noted barri.ster, 
created .script. 



3,000,000-Franc Fire 

Paris,. Sept. 4. 

Word has ju.st reached here of 
the destruction by fire of the Pa- 
lais de Glace, Antwerp, Belgium, 
involving a loss of 3,000,000 francs, 
including value of destroyed build- 
ing adjacent. '. 

Place was used for skating in 
winter and tennis in summer, Blaze 
blammed on lightning. 



DEL EIO'S DENIAL 

Paris, Sept. A. 
Dolores Del Rio arrived in Paris 
a few days ago in company of Ed- 
win Carewe, the director. , Star took 
occasion to make denial of rumors 
that she sought to divorce her HuSt 
band and would' marry Carewe. 



Australia 

By Eric H. Gorrick 



Sydney, Aug, 4. 
Excellent business is. being done 
by the W. T. Melba opera company 
at Her Majesty's. Despite the inr 
come it looks as though the 
proposition will be a losing one be- 
cause of the enormous overhead 
and transportation costs. It is 
stated by Williamson-Tait that the 
firm may not stage another opera 
season here unless higher rates are 
charged. 

Present 3ea,son is probably the 
greatest musical treat this city has 
had. Every opera produced has 
(Continued on page 24) 




4 *ftv)»»; 

GEORGIE WOOD 

I can recommend to American 
vaudeville these novelty acts J Ar- 
thur Conquest presents "Daphne"— r- 
man or monkey? the sensation of 
Great Britain, PYance, Germany, 
Holland and Italy; Baby Love, 36 
inches of versatility In the dances 
of seven nations, looks like six Is 
just turned ten years of age;. 
Hengler Bros, hand-to-hand bal- 
ancers; Levole and Moran, unusual 
two- man dancing act, and for talk- 
ing shorts, if I were not fully 
booked, obviously, myself. 

Address 17 Tring iavenue, Ealing, 
London, W. 6. 



Novello Razzed on 

First Palladium Bill 



London, Sept, 4. 

Palladium returned to Its former 
vaudeville policy yesterday (Mon- 
day). Opening bill Included Seven 
Hindustans, Dick Henderson, Diga- 
tanos, Orth and Codee, Ivor No- 
vello and Phyllis Monkman, Mile. 
Tamara, Runaway ' Four, Oracle 
Fields, Billy Bennett and Jackson's 
16 Dancing Girls. A talking short 
film was omitted because of the 
length' of the show. 

Ivor Novello was credited as the 
draw but his sketch elicited the 
raspberry. Main fault was that No-, 
vellip insisted, as' a star of the le- 
gitimate. In playing the act upstage 
Instead of down to the lights. 

Runaway Four and Orth and 
Codee were hits of the bill. Busi- 
ness capacity. 



INDEX 

Foreign 2-59 

Pictures 4-31 

Picture Reviews 14-28-31 

Film Hpuise Reviews.... 39 

Vaudeville ,. . 34-37 

Vaude Reviews .41 

New Acts. 40 

Bills ....1... ............ 43-44 

Times Square .'. 44-45 

Editorial . . . r . , . , . .. . .-i -48 

Women's Page.......... 46-47 

tegitimate .............. 49-55 

Music 56-57 

Outdoors ; . B8 

Obituary ............... 58. 

Correspondence 60-63 

Letter List. ... , . : . 63 

Inside— Pictures 13 

Inside— "\'aude 34 

Inside— Legit ......... ... 51 

Talking Shorts... 14 

Literati 23 

News of Dailies ..... 44 

Legit Reviews 53-54 

Sports ; . . . . 44-45 

Foreign Film News 6 

Burlesque .............. 38 



The Tiller Dancing Schools 

of America, Inc. 

64- W E ST--74th= ST.} -N E W^^^ >iiaR K 
MART KB;AD, President 
Phonp Endlcott 8216-6 
New OlasM* Now Formiflf 



Bordoni Recui>erates 

Paris, Sept. 4. 
Irene Bordoni has left Paris, go- 
ing to the Lido, Venice, to recuper- 
ate following her operation for ap- 
pendicitis. Ray Goetz accompanied 
her. 

Just before his departure Goetz 
was made defendant in a claim . by 
Howell & Baud involving dispute 
over performer's commissions be- 
ing held up, and after payment of 
certain alleged loans made to Goetz 
bn a proposition to exploit "Raquel 
Meller" dolls last year. 



AN IBSEK FOLLOWS EAQUEL 

Paris, Sept. 4. 

Raquel Meller withdrew frpm the 
Palace revue and was replaced In 
the cast by Lfllebil Ibsen, a grand- 
daughter of the famous Norwegian 
dramatist. 

Raquel opens at the Scala, Berlin, 
shortly. 



GEEEN VENTUEE IN RED 

London, Sept. 4. 
The Harry Green Co. returned to 
London this week. It is undor.stood 
their. South African engngements 
went into the red ^100,000. ■ 



EAQUEL At SCALA 

^ _ _ P.erlir, Aug. 24. 

" R aqu o rMc-TI e r""ri7i s"T^ ef 
to appear here during .September at 
the Scala, the big v.'u/devillo house. 



DAVID STURGIS the universm theatre 

The Hollj^ood, 7 Rue Daunou, Paris Tclophor.e Louvre 03-81 



Downey's "(kHnmand" 

London, Sept, 4. 

Morton Downey, returning here 
after four months on the Continent, 
opiened last night (Monday) at the 
Cafe de Paris. 

He did 18 songs and had to re- 
peat one at the "command" of the 
Prince of Wales, who strolled Into 
the cafo unobtrusively. 



This in Paris 

By 1>avid Sturgis 



Paris, ~Aug7 20. " 

Paris is waiting to welcome Gene 
Tunney. He Is to. study philosophy 
in England. Later he will enter 
business In the U. S; A. 

That's wisdom. Plato prepares for 
Filene of Boston. Modern colleges 
mdke 'wonderful ribbon clerks, 
hereby agree to save Tunney from 
the professors and business men 
That pair of horrors have ruined 
more huskies than alcohol. When 
see my college and commercial 
friends they look like my grand- 
fathers. I will teach Tunney for 
nothing, and there is nothing I do 
not know. He will respect. his mage 
I have slaughtered more bullheads 
than he ever walloped in training 
camps, 

I will start him with magic, as- 
trology, alchemy, tarot and kabala, 
He will realize how great It is to 
be champion of the World, Great 
EritaIn--^own& . one^quarter^-^cl-:jthe 
inese and that's Ita punishment. 
That hunk of hokum Is called the 
dragon by the Chinese, illusions by 
the Indians, and the serpent by the 
Jews. The Course will be conducted In 
Paris. One does not live in London 
< Continued on page 69) 



Americans Abroad 



Pari.s, Aug. 27. 
In Paris: Paul C. Coitcoran, pub- 
lisher; David Warefield, H. D. Wil- 
son, H. Regensberg, Elsie Janis, 
Ed. Davidow, H. E. Tillotson. 



Aastralian 0. H. With 
Stock Issue; Sir Ben's Idea 



Sydney, Auff. 4. 

Sir Ben Fuller would tecome 
Australia's Otto Kahn aiid build a 
theatre solely devoted to opera, 

But Sir Ben wiants the assistance 
of • Dame Nellie Melba, together 
with Sir George Tallls and E. J. 
Tai.t, heads of Willianison-Tait. He 
is ^ure the public will buy shares 
in such a company. 



Bennett's "Faust" 

Ixtndon,' Sept. 4. 
"The Return Journey," original 
drama by Ai-nold Bennett, as re- 
vealed at the St. James late last 
week, turns out to be a modern 
satire on the "Faust!* rejuvenation 
themCi 

Bennett apjprbaches the isituation 
of Faust and Marguerite in the mod- 
ern scientific manner, with a rejuv- 
enation accomplished by something 
akin to the monkey gland operation 
Instead of a compact with the Dark 
Angel. . 

A splendid first act sparkles with 
modern epigrams, but thereafter 
piece lags. Looks like a limited. run, 
Dumaurier's personal popularity 
contributing to this result;. Popular 
appeat doubtful. 



Lewis Liked in Paris 

Paris, Sept. 4. 

Ted Lewis opened Aug. 28 a.£ the 
Ambassad6urs, making a good Im- 
pression In his turn with . Eleanor 
Brooks and Arline Langail, who 
also scored. 

Show at that house has under- 
gone many changes. Now there also 
are the 12 Rasch girls newly ar-. 
rived from Ostend. Chamberlain and 
HInes, Apache dancers, did nicely 
on opening. 

David and Helen Murray like- 
wise-returned late last week, while 
the Runaway Four terminated itis 
engagenient, going to the Coliseum, 
London. Noble Sissle and his band 
moved out Aug. 28, their engage- 
ment having run Its course. 



Yank Bids for Resort 

London, Sept. 4. 
Thames Riviera at Hampton 
Court, the big resort just outside 
London, Is under negotiations for 
purchase by an American caterer. 
All that stands In the way- of fi 
deal is a difference in bid and asked 
price. 

The Yankee bidder offers $100,000, 
while the receiver, in charge since 
the enterprise went into bankruptcy, 
is holding out for $125,000. 



MaO-AMERICAN NEWS STORE 



rroprlf'tflr<(. R. Willi* * Co., Telepbone Retrent 6742, Aliraye the 
moat '^.t'- 'thf 'ilinute Stock of Amorlcan Publicatlone, Bureau de 
chiinio, r.nf;))iilt, Amcrlran »nd Continental Newsdealere, Special 
blatrlbutora for "Variety" and the World's Stage and St.r' .'A }'bl>i'cation«. All tlie world'a publications dellverpa or 
mailed to any addreso. 1 Green Street, Leicester Square, l. u il' n v/. c. S. AabRcrlptlona received for all home and 
foreign nevrfpapota, periodically and magrAzlnea. Ltbralrle ''i>n?i <«>n~ale. t7 WUton Koad (Victoria Htatlon), London, 
a W. 1. Telephone Victoria 6C00. Wilila' Newusency, ofb Mt iapt«B Read, & W. 1, Teleptione Sloaoe nti. 



SAILINGS 

Sept. 22 (London to Sydney), John 
Tait, Andrew MacCunn (Carinthia). 

Sept. 8 (London to Sydney), Fred 
LindMy "(Duchess- of - Athol); - 
. Sept. 8 (New York to Paris) : Earl 
Carroll, Bernard Lohmuller (He de 
France). 

Sept. 9. (New York to Ireland) 
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Henry (Celtic). 

.Sept. 6 (San Francisco to Aus- 
tralia) Swor and Swor (Sierra). 
. Sept. B (San Francisco to Aus- 
tralia) Dciio and Rochelle (Maun- 
ganui). 

Sept. B (London to New York), 
Gilbert Miller (Majestic). 

Sept. 4 (London to New York), 
Nathan Burkan, David Warfleld, 
George Arliss (Leviathan), 

Sept. 4 (London to Now York) 
Sophie Tucker (Leviathan). 

Aug. 29 (Paris to New York) Lee 
Shubert (He de France). 

Aug. 31 (New York to Paris) 
Constance Talmadge, Nat Roth- 
stein (Paris). 

Aug. 31 (New York to Paris); 
A^rc^^elwyn, Jr. (Olympic). 

Sept. 29 (New ""fo^k' "to'^Eohdon^^^^ 
Joseph Seider (He de France). 



aEST HAS MOISSI 

Berlin, Aug. 24. 
While in Salzburg Morris Gest 
signed Alexander Moissi for "an 
American appearance this winter. 
Moissi is to play for about 20 weeks 
with his own company. 

Gest also has an option on a 
three year appearance of the Ger- 
man actor. 



Sydney House First Under 
Hammer of Tivoli String 



Sydney, Aug. 4. 

Auctioneers, given instructions 
from the trustee of the late HariT 
Rickards' estate, will auction th© " 
Tivoli theatre here this month. Un- 
der the will, ■'■ the ownership of 
Tivoli theatres had to remain in; 
the family until the death of th<i 
widow, or either of his two daugh- 
ters. All have now passed on, and 
the Sydney Is the first to go . under 
the hammjer. . 

About 1913 Tivoli Theatres, Lt^i, 
was leased to. a company, under 
the managenient of Hugh D. Mc- 
intosh, at a weekly rental of about 
$1,120. Eight years later the the-' 
atres were leased to Williamson- 1 
Tait at a rental of $3,145 a week,/ 
showing a profit to shareholders In? 
Harry Rickards* Tivoli Theatres ot 
$1,920 weekly. Beneficiaries of" 
Rickards only got the original $1,- 
120 per week. 

Present lease, held by . W-T, 
doesn't expire until 1942. 



Star Fortunate Angel 

London, Sept, 4. ■ 
If the London report is true, Ger- 
trude Lawrence should be a happy 
"angei," for the piece she is sup- 
posed to back has possibilities ot 
success. 

The new Chariot roviie, opening, 
at the Vaudeville theatre late last 
week, was very well received by an 
audience obvipusly "friendly to the 
piece and all concerned In it. The 
crowd applauded everything with 
more enthusiasm than deserved. 

Production's weakness is that It 
has no outstanding personalities/ 
Nearest to Individual triumph were 
the performances of Barrie Olive* 
and Rehla. 



Peggy, Northesk Sail 

Paris, Sept 4. 

Peggy Joyce and Lord North esk i' 
departed for New York Sept. 1 \ 
aboard the Aquitania. P'eggy eac- ' 
pressed twitterings about' herself i; 
and His Lordship being on the same t 
ship. ' 

It is understood Ellis Island hals 
been tipped off it'is a publicity bidv 



Ada Weeks Hurt 

Paris, Sept. 4. , 
Ada May Weeks, American musi- 
cal comedy actress. Injured Sunday 
(Sept. 2) In taxicab accident. Rest- 
ing in American Hospital. . Condi- 
tion not . serious. Bruises and 
strained ai-m. 



"Good News" London Set 

London, Sept. 4. 
"Good Nei^ps" running along 
briskly at Carlton, all options held 
by Clayton and Waller on the mem- 
bers of cast have been exercisedv 



DANCE TEAM SCORES 

London, Sept. 4. 
O'Hanlon and Zambuni, supported 
by Gaucho Band and carrying their 
own leader, opened Monday night at 
the Holborn Empire (vaudeville) 
after _an absence pf^ three years. 
They scored splendidly. ■ 

'This house grossed $12,500 for th« 
last week of Sophie Tucker's en^ 
gagerhent, a record. . 



NEW YORK BOUND 

London, Sept. 4. . 

R. H. Gillespie, managing director 
of Moss Empire Theatres, sails 
shortly to look over the New York 
Situation, 

He will be particularly interested 
in musical productions. 



Rose to Screen "Levirisky" 

London, Sept. 4. 
Julian Rose has signed contracts 
calling for his presence in a film 
version of "Lcvinsky's Wedding," 
work to begin immediately. 



Gest Home Bound 

Morris Gest sailed for New York 
Aug. 29. 



HENRY CARSON AGCY. 

Internntional Variety, Plctjre Plwyera 
and Theatrical RcpreaentAtlves 

78, Avenue des Champs Elysees 

PARIS 

Cables: Booking, Pari.<) 
Phone: Elysce 09-10 
Good Acts Always Needed 



Wednesday, September 5, 1988 



V A R I E T 



(Reprinted from 'Variety' of Sept. 7, 1927, on this, t fie first anniversary, Sept. 5, 1928, of the passing of MARCUS LOEW) 




SHOW business is prostrated, in 
sackcloth ami ashes. 
And well mi|^ it be. . 
As it kneels besid|e the bier of Mar- 
cus Loew it moujms its most staggering 
and most irreplaceable loss in histoiy. 

Marcus Loew the outstanding 
individual figure of the amosement industries of all lime»— substantially, senti- 
mentally, financially and constructively. 

Unique in the annjails of all trades, and, strangest of all, in the hectic 
competition of theatricals, for once the biggest was the best beloved. 

He died at 57. He died not because he was bid, worn out or worked 
out He died because he was honest— honest to an almost fana<icai.l.^Welity;i;^^^ 

to others. One of hU best friends (and on Broadway) «#f^^^-'" such as none of his many imaginative scenario writers would dare 

He was burned out tiiith V)orr})mg for hts stockhold^^ 
invested in his enterprisiu, because of their faith injm0^^-^^^^^^^ ,3 vS^^^ ' Born i)l p6t^t Jewish parents in the congested quagmires of Manhattan 
i hat same friend had warned hun when he first considerc^^ — - ' . - 



He was, widial. frank and answered 
inquiries far more openly than any other 
big man in the trade. He had nothing 
to hide, nothing to be ashamed of. 

He Was never known to break a 
pledge, no matter how high the cost of 
keeping it Approachable to a remark-. 
able degree in view of his impoTlanccw 
with his yelding disposition and his charitable impulses, he committed himself 
daily to expensive, inconvenient and often embarrassing promises. He made 
good on them all, religiously, and ofteii gave them his health and his time sis 
well as his money VN^ien he might have been serving his ov^ti purposes. 

Thrill and Romance 
<The story of Marcus Loew is a thrilling and romantic chapter in modern 



financing of Loew's Enterprises iiito Loew's, Inc.. jihat' it would take 10 years 
from his life. Marcus Loew replied that if it would help him to justify the 
trust omers had placed in him, he would willingly give the 10 years. And 
so he did. 

Marcus Loew*s life was a sermon in practtcal idealiim such as the records 
of ages scarcely can parallel. The great conqueror of Broadn>a\), the theatre 
realm, the motion picture i»orld, the vuudemU empire; the multi'miUidnaire 
imracle showman, the Wall Street giant, the trims-continental and trans- 
oceanic i»ielder and possessor of poi»er that^would make- fnany a crovfntd 
king enoy,^ ttas a gentle, kindly, scrupuUmtlysihonorable, soft-spoken,_ soft-' 
hearted little-big man i»ho built and lived and di^. for itnselfifh and altruistic 
service. " ' 

The greatest friend the actor ever had, : he stood: as; be- 
tween them and oppression, degradation ami <dbvei^:'^^^^^^H 
against all those instruments shrewdly manipulated to blind< «na:r^ and con-* 
fuse them. 

Every .xtrong, crooked scheme had to stop:: n>Aen^ it reached the hordt^s 
of Marcus lA)ei»*s domain. He rvas a squme d^ler t^fy fftt^ inside md 
those outside his control. ' ^ 

To his stockholders he gave a measure of devotion and preelection which 
makes his premature pialfsing almost an apt of martyrhood. one of the 

gigantic corner- jugglerS' of high finance attempted to ertgirteef a pool in Loew's, 
Inc., stock, through whkh Marcus Loew might haVeieasityi made milliiMut and' 
remained entirely within the law and the accepted ethics of such things^ he' 
threatened to fight the man himself for the stockholdeTV^^'i'i^d :dte::pQ6l never 
started. ' ^ 



Island, downtown; on 8th street, during the generation of poverty anci limited 
opportunities, h* left school at the age of 9 and went to work in a map print- 
er's shop at 35 centi a day, He peddled newspapers and did odd jobs, and 
gravitated into the fur business as a salesman. 

It was there ^larcus Loew met Adolph Zukor, similarly situated, whom 
he later gave the lifts thai 'made possible his great ascendancy, a factor which 
Mn Zukor cheerluUy aftd ^en tearfully relates. 

Marcus Loew^a start In the theatrical business came widi his acquisition 
of the Cosy G)rner, afterwards the Royal. Brooklyn, a 1 0-cent crude house 
•—just like its name; sound$. It vras destined, however, to be the first link in 
the greatest chain of/ ^eatres the world has ever known. Previously Mr. 
LoeMii!;::had: some experteoce V/it^ 
_ ^ Peculiar genius was :Marcu| Lbew. His foresight was uncanny, his judg- 
s 'A ' ment dazzling. And'<»on.lh|;:WqjrId knew, as if by instinct, that this bold 
^ ^^f' |»oneer with the vast visions waV. honest. So. though his financial vicissitudes 
^.?:.l^^,,Vrtwre'i'llftahy and intricate, he:|4eii^^ he a \vizard at, financing, despite 

his bedrock convictions. as;|i|!si ^me of the methods of promotion and 
"^"^it manipulation. 

He could always call oii:iifie ;ij|^ 
•—his associates. Almost eVierylbne who ever shook hands v^th Marcus Loew 
is today one of his stockhotderiil— -widows, orphans, traffic policemen, ushers, 
'-'^'■^ stenographers, neighbors, millionaires, actors, stage hands, bankers, relatives 
. s Mw^ven rivals— once ttiiy .:!^^^ under the benign but commanding influence 
^ jiA thk maq the:y had 0i|i|iitete faith in, not only his ingenuity but his integrity. 
' ' "/-/^ I Indescribable Modesty 

'Hir personal niodesiliy was indescribable. He lent his own name to his 



'.f.-W>- 



No more would he tolerate any pools from ifmdifi' ffe stood on (IWovC"' '' 
sterling principle of legitimate supply and demand. - The onl^) trn^ he kneiv 
to raise the price of his stock i»as to build more andihetter iheatf^st to make 
more and finer pictures, to give greater value in shoivs, iod[i^Adotm>the prices: 
of admission and increase the volume of patronage, to oper^^ of 
merit, efficiency and decent economy. 

Marcus Loew, the Builder 

Thus Marcus Loew built up a circuit of about 150 theatres; 'at least 125 



'A 



earlylttistitutions and th|reafter could not shelve it, because it had become a 
trade^mark. But the piliblicity was distasteful. Its only compensation was 
that in lending his own/rujime to his tremendous interests he felt that he was 
adding a further assurahcje: of. his own individual responsibilities. 

When he becarne^ty^-'head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, die great picture 
produdng combine/ hcijlieft hi^...own name otf. "I am in the background,** 
was one of his fft:Vbrit#^ayings. ' jHe alv/ays insisted that he had been "lucky.** 
He was lucky^'bnlji^lin finding a generous response in the trust of others for 
the ]dyalty::>he gayiil In diat they vi^ere the lucky ones. Nothing pleased him 



of diem de luxe, super-modem houses of the first grade. He was h^MiOW^A^i!^^**''^'^ more tfaaii to s#'' others happy, siiici^eissful. When a competitor produced a 

. .1 ■ * J> * 11 11 # .11 ' f t '^l-i-'iilrt-tt^' " I Ifc /^''•^'-y* " i ■ " ■ 1 Ik'.- 'it-.l '•It* -1 ■ 1 ■ *». 



hew ones at the time of his sudden call from earthly activities.: : He budt^d 
in one year at another time, against hardships of tight financeii::: hostile laiwr 
conditions and the many other griefs of war-time. > 

His passion for expansion, creation and ccnstnict^SHaiiraagApace with W 
zeal for the prosperity and contentment- of iiihos^^:^ had:;hoen 
confided into his firm but tender hands, ' < , \ 

Marcus Loew was the first to procure ^eatr^ on Syo^dway, the WT|d*4 
great central avenue for motion pictures. iNe. rented the old Bijou 29dt 
street for films when siich a venture was regarded as <jiuiterical He followed 
widi the Majestic on .Columbus Or<le, the turning point of New York^i traf- 
fic And on and On l)e ^ver fou|^t ahead in ^e vanguatd of the new iH-ogreM, 

The hundreds of miitibiis that poured in to cement ¥s<U these dreams into 
monumental real^e^ eame m response to ether m^'^ trust in him,i And this 
he realized more «» n buid^'tQan as an adv^Mitage. ^ He felt that his life 
belonged now to diese u^ersv and though the dieatre is and must alw*ays be' 
a highly spefiiils^ tnniti^. ^ regarded dte funds a$ sacredly a* might 
head of a bank i^ei« penile deii<M5l their savings iot safekeeping. ' 




When Lb«w*# tiropped to its record low, ^ere 'wa$ one pindb^sdr, 
revealed in that si^, bought 1,000 d^ares at 10. 
_ Warfield, Mi^ctti Loew^s boM>m It companion attd partner. 
With Qh) various biHW)!^ lom 'Wh<» combined in die 
houses he wat' equally iqsri^t - . ^ , - - - - ^^^%/< 

Itefused Any Advantage 
On one occa^tt Matciis ^Loiew*» law «l^artment notified him that 
$60,000 engineering ^obtr^ct was so laull^r dial he was not: bound to pay 4 
cent He asked if dbe work had been done pr^rly aitd was told it had« He 
ordered die payment>^«Hand im lutl. / ' 

On another occasion he walked up to^^ ^^tatre 
ing. To his amazement, a Gf«M!: :Wai at: :w^^ ^ 
no overtime was provided for. He was fu)rdter surpri$ed 
the contracting company in personal/charge. ■■i^^MmJ)sj)xmA«^ 
recognize Loew. The showman asked :|um how this^unusutdi proeedure^i^ 
come about, and die other told him he had madeva wide nusicalculatioiti itt:>httj 
bid, was certain to be a heavy loser and therefore wanted to mh it by all 
means and hpld down his losses. rj, y^^" 

Marcus L6ew said nothing, but nett day ordered diat an estimate be made 
by an expert on the value of the work. It proved that the bid was far too 
low. Mi. Loew ordered a new deal, allowing the man a profit If that ton- 
tractor reads this it will be his first knowledge of how it came about Marcus 
JU«iy_alwayj^wen^ 

Frank, Open and Truthful 
Marcos Loew never was knovra to make a false or even doubtful ^atement 
The rq>orters on "Variety** who knew him intimately will all vouch that 
in all Aeir years of questioning him, Marcus Loew did not once direcdy or 
inferentially misinform them, even when it might have been to his advantage. 



fine work, Mltcu^ Loew cheered| He gave richly in sympathy when it 
chanced otiyiitwise. ■. ' i| . ' 

To %f 'Staff of aides who climbed the ladder beside him, Marcus Loew's 
unWavermg brodierhood is famotui. He enriched many of them, and his 
friendship knew no change. They;; were still his \boyft*" 

:^me of his attachments are^iincredibly sweet for thtsiiday and age and 
foi!:::his preponderant position and-: his field. ' "'^ <x 

The Schenck bo}fs, Aaron Jmes of Chicago, Ijfuis B. Ma^er, J. H. 
WAjdm^ William Randolph Hearsti .Charles M. Schwab, David^fVar field, 
0Adtipi Zukor, Dave Bernstein, .Bd^^^rd Schiller, one or tivo oldf^me'nevs- 
%M pitfmtnen and several velerm;:yaudeville performers fii/ill so tetUfy todajf 
;f /^mgh their tears. ' . ^ / 

|f ^tmmAmid the tangles of time and the -freaks of fpriune, these jriendships 
" ^y^^tured and jnelloved. ,^ - , -i - . ^ 

^-^M. ^^^"^ Loetf tpouldnt h<j(i» tradii the ffiffecthnate- isteem ofaihese bud' 
f^^mi^f^^oU the theatres on earA andmtt dte othermansions on tfing Island. 
" ' ^"T ^^lipe helped men concretely and;he mst)ired attd> fascinated them spiritually. 
^HltCi^unu'tant ptt^sonalil^v which WMi' on first lifi^t in any circle, grew a 

contad^!wriWt himi had the privi- 
away>;fR>m^e;ihar^ 
enormous: i^Ittties^iii a^^ enormous con- 

isponsUntii^ ^ 

:>innter: there to California by those 

.thei!e;; :;whxcb, resembled a pilgrimage to some 



■•■•■■■■■■■'■'■■■If.vA 





,^ H«; warW|efuny ^| oj» die coast . For weeks he was in and out of bed 
'mAi^ 'iaa4^<i^^ «{)eeial»riEs and;nurses. . When he was finally carried out on a 

promised 
lewher?— -and 
rcsponsibil- 

J^vS^'day/m all weadiers^ Marcus Loew was at his desk. Eagerly, 
IMigly^h^ drove on in his exacting and bewildering building operations, 
produdng enterprises, organization details^ 

His friends implored him to rest, if not retire. He shook his head, smiled 
that game smile that had seen him through his grinding trials and the more 
gruelling tribulations of success. 

And so Marcus Loew died, in harness, on the job. 
** Burned out with iporrying for his stockholders, those ivho had inoci'ed 
in his enterprises because of their faith in him,** says his best friend, 
Afittingandmblie^tpiUxphfo^^^ 



He isorked for others he built for others, he lived for others, he died 
fot others. 

Majf his brave, big, beautiful soul rest in peace. 



martus toew i 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



K. ZIMMERMAN'S .923 TOPS FILM CRITICS; 
CAROL FRINK'S .809 IN CHI; VARIETY .877 



Score Is for Summer Semester-^ — Irene Thirer Catches 
• Most Pictures, 36— Dick Watts Has Most Wrongs, 
i2_Cohen Sixth With .640— <iuinn Martin, .706 
—Clark Rodenbach, Chicago, .777-—Los Angeles 
Critics Dropped 



Kallioi'ine Zimmerman o£ the 
New York Telegram tops Variety's 
film critics* box score for the sum- 
mer semester; She has a percent- 
age of .923, or one wrong In 13 
lilms reviewed. Miss Zimmerman's 
last appearance in Variety's box- 
score was at the bottom; She is, at 
present in JEuropo on a vacation. 

Present .score is basGd on pictures 
tabuldted by Variety since June 2 
at which time the boxscore entered 
its second season. The real leader 
in the. New York division, on a 
basis of actual test, Is Eland- 
Jphanoson (Mirror) who caught 35 
pictures as against Miss Zimmer- 
man's scattered 13. 

Jjoa Angeles has been dropped 
from the score! The reviewers of 
that town were proven unwilling 
to appraise pictures impersonally 
and critically. Their habit of giving 
favorable notices indiscriminately 
brought the law. of average into 
their favor a^d resulted in their, 
having higher pe«"centases than the 
reviewers in New York and Chi- 
cago who con.sistently attempt to 
pass judgment. The dropping of the 
Los Angeles 8cribes< was announced 
three months ago at the time Va- 



ishment as a literary stylist. '!Mlss 
Johaneson's .743 represents one 
paragi-aph . reviews expressed in 
simple English. Irene Thirer (News) 
has escalated upwards from her 
consistent standing of lafet year. 
She is now in fourth place with 
.694. Miss Thirer recently estab- 
lished a system of grading, and 
marking pictures with stars accord- 
ing to the degree of merit ascribed. 
This method tends to eliminate .no 
opinions from which her preylous 
percentages suffered acutely. 

Rose Pelswlck (Journal) appears, 
in the boxscore for the first time 
at .571, or eighth place. Margaret 
Tazelaar (H6rald Tribune), Is also 
a newcomer. ' . . 

George Gerhard ("Ev6. World"), 
who clung tenaciously to second 
place all last season, enters the sec- 
ond score with .679 on 28 reviews. 
That is two points above the per- 
centage that won him second niche 
In the final tabulation for "27 -'28. 
Quinn Martin (World) stai'ts off- at 
.706 for third place. He entered 
the arena in 16th place a year ago 
this time. 

Chicago. 
In Chicago the Journal is not tab- 



Film Critics' Box Score 



Score as of August 31 



Key to the' abbreviations: PC (picture caught) ; R (rtight); W 
(wrong),; O (no opinion expressed; Pet. (percentage). 



NEW YORK 

PC 

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN ("Telegram"). 13 

BLAND JOHANESON ("Mirror") 35 

QUINN MARTIN ("World"),.. 17 

IRENE THIRER ("News") ^ 36 

GEORGE GERHARD ("Eve. World") 28 

JOHN S. COHEN, JR. ("Sun").... 25 

REGINA CANNON ("American")... 32 

ROSE PELSWICK ("Journal"). 28 

BETTY COLFAX* ("Graphic");. 23 

MORDAUNT HALL ("Times") 19 

RICHARD WATTS JR. ("Herald Tribune"). 26 
MARGARET TAZELAAR ("Herald Trib."). 8 
JOHN HUTCHENS ("Post") .«.»...... 31 

.* Julia Shawell. 



R 


W 


O 


Pet. 


12 


1 




.923 


26 


8 


i 


.743 


12 


3 


2 


.706 


25 


8 


3 


.694 


19 


8 


1 


.679 


16 


: 8 


1 


.640 


19 


11 


2 


.594 


16 


7 


5 


.571 


13 


7 


3 


.565 


9 


7 


3 


.474 


12 


12 


2 


.462 


3 


3 


2 


.375 


8 


17 


6 


.258 



CHICAGO 

' PC 

CAROL FRINK ("Examiner") 21 

CLARK RODENBACH ("News").... 18 

MAE TINEE"* (yTribune") 22 

GENEVIEVE HARRIS ("Post") 16 

ROB REELt ("American") 20 

. ■* Frances Kurner; fl^aid Flynni7 " ~ ' " 

TRADE PAPERS 



R 

17 

14 

17 

12 

14 



W 

3 
2 
3 
2 
5 



O 
1 
2 
2 
2 
1 



Pet. 
.809 
.777 
.773 
.750 
.700 



VARIETY 

"FILM OAILY" 

"M. P. TODAY'^ ........... 

"M. P. NEWS" ............ 

"HARRISON'S REPORTS" 



I • • • a » 4 



PC 


R 


W 


O 


Pet. 


49 


43 


6 


* •* 


.877 


31 


25 


6 




.806 


31 


23 


7 


*i 


.742 


16 


11 


5 




.687 


38 


24 


13 


1 


.632 




WILL MAHONEY 

Karl Kitchen in the New York 
"Evening World" said: "The fun- 
niest comedian on BroadwiEiy its 
Will Mahoney. Here is a comedian 
who does not have to depend upon 
a jgroteeque tnake-up/ bagigy trous- 
ers or even risque songs or situ- 
ations. He is funny in a sack suit, 
Which Is the real test. And inci- 
dentally, he can outstep and out- 
smart all his rivals." 

Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

"1560 Broadway 



Chatterers Put on the 

for La Guinan 



Los. Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Hollywood chatterers are an ex- 
clusive bunch. The girls and boys 
who write squibs about the. movies 
didn't think much of the Idea . of 
having them in the throng to meet 
iTex Guinan at the depot during her 
public reception. 

In their diplomatic manner they 
let it be known that Texas should 
meet them at ari Informal luncheon 
In a Hollywood cafe which they 
gloat about in their columns. That 
makes them okay in the ^^)int and 
demonstrates they are-people to be 
conjured with when one craves pub- 
li.city. ■ Miss Guinan's business 
manager saw to it. 

Of course, they will attend, all 
other functions. The chatterers 
don't miss many tricks. 



Coast's Television 



Musicians' $600-$700 



' While the American Federa- 
tion of Musicians Is consider- 
ably perturbed dver the possi- 
ble effect of sound pictures on 
pk milsicians in theatres, 
thoM musicians who are In 
demand at the moment, are 
making $600 and |700 a week 
recording for the talkers. At 
the Camden, N. J., lalxiratorles 
of the Victor Talking Machine 
Co., the place Is almost .on a 
24-hour schedule. 

Musicians are busy record- 
ing themes for sound pictures 
for all the major companies 
afllliated with Western Clecr 
trie. While compensated regu- 
larly at $200 a week, as per 
minimum union wage scale, 
the overtime periods at $10 an 
hour, dpuble and two-and-a- 
half for late hour and Sunday 
work Is netting the musicians 
well over $600 a week and 
consistently. 



Jacqueline Logan Returns 
Loaded with Affidavits 



Ltos Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Jacqueline Logan and her new 
husband, Larry Winston, local 
broker, who were man'Ied In Agua 
Callente, Mexico. Aug. 23, returned 
here, separately, armed with affl- 
davits to prove they have, not lived 
together as nian and. wife since the 
wedding. 

Miss Logan's final divorce decree 
from her first husband, Balph Gil- 
lespie, will not be granted until 
next Mai-ch. In order to avoid a 
bigamy actioft, such as interrupted 
the late Rudolph Valentino and 
Winifred Hudnut (Natacha Ram- 
bova), married under similar clir-: 
cumstan'ces several years ago. Miss 
Logan and Winston secured affi- 
davits designed to establish their 
marriage status as "in name only." 

Miss Logan stated they wiW live 
apart until her divorce becomes 
final. 



Schttlberg's Vacation 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

B. "P. Schulberg, executive head 
o£ Pai-amount, is not going to 
Europe for his annual vacation. 

With the pressure of production 
the trip has Ueen called off and the 
vacation postponed until early in 
October. . He will Sojourn around 
New York for a few weeks looking 
at the new plays and story, material. 



Tlety carried its story rovcaling the 
methods used by those film writers. 

Artistically Concerned 

It will be noted that .700 is the 
lowest recorded average in Chicago 
as against 10 New York roviewer.s 
with scores below that mark. Man- 
hattan critics are more concerned 
with ; the artistic aspects of pro- 
ductions than their confreres of the 
hinterland. Judging largt-'ly on a 
ba.sis of personal prejudice, and 
"""WltH^^a^m i nimu m=-of--r Off a r-di f or^the 
public, as s\ich, the New Yorkers 
write snappier and bttler rcvlew.s 
hut are not so good at {ju<»ssing 
right. 

A conspicuou.'* fx.inipTe of the 
person.al prejudice reviewer who 
goes badly a.stray i.s John lliitcli- 
cns. Now York I'ost. i.s last in 
the Gothajn corps with .Cns, s'oi"S 
wi'ong 17 times with eight right.s 
and six no opinions not aiding. 

Richard "VVatt.s, Jr., (Herald Tri- 
bune), has also slumped as a pick- 
er in reverse ratio to his embell- 



ulatod through Arthur Sheekman 
leaving that paper. Muriel Vernon, 
now writing for the Journal under 
the pen name of Doris Arden, will 
be .included in the next boxscore if 
continuing on the assignment. 

ClnrJc Hodenbach, the first by- 
lined reviewer on the News In over 
a year, is idGntlfied individually and 
fini.shps second at this time. He is 
Chi's lone niu.scullne film critic .slnro 
the donoctlon tb othor fields of ]\rr. 
Slipekman. * 
~7Fi"rRt irT'tHoTWindy 
Carol Frink (F^xaminer) who has 
.spccinlizod in being first ihorc .f,it)C(' 
the film ci'itio.q wore offlcl.-illy s''i'>it- 
inized by Variety. 

Trade Papers 

In the trade Fapor division Film 
Daily is runner-up to Variety wiLli 
.806 as afjalnst this rag'.s .877. T/it- 
(cr llR'ure is olitalnod by going Jlon- 
po on six out of 49 picturew cauirht. 

Ilarri.son's Kei)orls has 13 wroUK- 
and one no opinion balancing 24 
rights, but as thi.s is strictly a ohe- 



.San Francisco, Sept. 4. 

Philo T. Fa^ns^yorth, youthful 
California Inventor, has just com- 
I^eted a television attachment which 
it is claimed can be attached to any 
radio receiving set a^ a cost oT 
about $100. 

Farnsworth's device is said to 
eliminate the two moving discs 
presently required to receive tele- 
visiOnv-^There are 8,000; pin points 
of light in the pictures Farnsworth's 
attachment Can receive, insuring 
clearness. Local business rhen state 
they will back Farnswdrth. 



Weather Forecast 



. . Washington, Sept. 4. 

Weather Bureau issues the fol- 
lowing report for the country east 
of the Mississippi on climatic con- 
ditions commencing tomorrow 
(.Sept 5).' 

Fair and ratlier cool Wednesday. 
Showers Thursday or Friday; pos- 
sibly continuing east of Alleghanys 
oh .Saturday. Sunday, probably 
frtir. 

Warm Thur.sday and cooler 
thereafter. If working northward, 
tropical storm now forming near 
Florida will make a bad weekend. 



man percentage .632 is not unim- 
pi'OBivo, Film Daily has a clean 
slate on no opinions to date, con- 
tr.isting with its final score for '27- 
'28 which showed 10 of the deadly 
straddles. 

Arotion Pictures Today has but 
one blemish in the no opinion col- 
umn while Motion Picture News ap- 
parently reviews at random, not 
mulling the effort of the other trade 
papers to catch all major openings, 



"Abie's" Sound Okay 



Sound record for "Abie's Irish 
Rose," made on the Coast, has been 
forwarded to New York approved 
by Paramount and the Anne NTIchols 
offlce; 

A report from Los Angeles said 
the recording showed vocal defects. 
It must have been defects in the 
tests and not the recOrd states Wil- 
liam DeLigemarCi for Miss Nich- 
ols. 

iJeLigemare, with Adolph Zukor, 
gave their okay to the sound attach- 
Tiierit' after privately viewing It; 



Can't Locate Syd Chaplin 
To Tell of Mother's Death 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

For several days Charles' Chaplin 
)i.Ts been attemptlnjg t6. get into 
touch by cable with his brother, Syd, 
to inform him of the death of their 
mother, who died here last week. 

All Charlie knows of Syd's where- 
abouts is that he Is "somewhere In 
Europe," working ifor a British film 
company. 



$10 for Jolson 

Seats for the Winter Garden 
opening of ."Singing Fool" (W.B.), 
starring AI .Tolson, will be priced at 
$10, a now high for a picture. 

Date is Sept. 19. 



SCENAEIST SEEKS DIVORCE 

Bridgeport. Conn., Sept. 4. 

William A. Wolff, short story 
WT'lter and movie scenarist, has 
started suit for divorce against his 
wile, the former Ruth A. Haw- 
Ilirv7'ne. Wolff accuses his wife' of 
infidelity. 

The couple were married in De- 
comberi 192C. T^frs. Wolff is now in 
Paris, and it is said she plans a 
counter action. 



HUGHES GETS A PROHT 
ON $4,000,000 INVESTED 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Howard Hughes got his first taste 
of profits on his picture investment, 
amounting to around $4,opO,O0O» 
when he received. $9,000 last week 
froni the . distribution profits 04 
"Two Arabian Knights," the first 
picture he produced for United Ax"-* 
tlsts at a cost of n^ore than $1,- 
000,000. ' . 

His other pictures, are "The 
Racket," "The Mating Call" and 
"Hells Angels." 



Court Clears Mix 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
l.ast act of the Tom Mix-Will 
MorrlsseyrMidgle Miller serlo-com- 
edy, resulting from the brawl that 
enlivened the George Beban house 
warming two weekg" ago, was writr 
ten When Municipal Judge Wilson'q 
court found Mix not irullty of 
beating arid booting" Morrissey 
and the lattcr's wife. Miss Miller. 

A few dayS after the papers had 
been headlining the Mix-Morrissey 
affair, MoiTissey reopened the Col- 
lege Inn, the nigiit club at I*alisades' 
Del Rey. Notoriety of tlic Mix 
case was evidently good publicity 
as business at the College Inn since. 
Its rieopening is said to be snappy. 



Hold Pah* for Abd.uctioti; 
Can't Find Missing Girl 

Buffalo, Sept. 4. 
. Leone Hazlett, ■ 31, and ' James 
Ran-ett, 45, were arrested horie last 
week and ate befng held for Knoki^ 
ville, Tenn,, police, who have war- 
rants for the pair charging them 
with abduction. 

Miss. Hazlett. and Barrttt are al- 
leged to have brought a girl here 
known as Pinkie Koehn, and also 
as June Wilson, from her home in 
Knoxville, to star her in a picture 
to be made and exhibited in sev- 
eral cities. They admitted "having 
taken several photographs around 
this vicinity. ... 

The girl, missing from Knoxville. 
for three months, could not bp 
found. 



Undisturbed 

Albany, N. Y., Sept. 4. . 

When Jascha Heifetz and Plor* 
ence Vidor started for the coast 
after their marriage in New York, 
thej^ wanted absolute privacy. They 
apparently accomplished what they 
had intended to, to shun news.- 
paper men and spectators. • 

When the train pulled into Union 
Station, here, , a cordon of railroad 
police surrounded their cai-, rein- 
forced by members of the tra,ln 
crew. It was Impossible to get 
within 20 feet of the car. 

Strict orders were passed along 
the entire route that the couple 
were not to be disturbed, and these 
demands were imjJlicitly obeyed. 



100% Conversational 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Paramount has bought the pic- 
ture rights to the play "Drums of 
Oude," and will make it as their 
first dialog picture. William C. De- 
Mille is to direct. 

For the leads Ruth ChaLterton 
ana Cliv'e Bfook haw be^i: chosen. 
It will be 100 per "cent, conversa- 
tional. Production starts Sept. 22. 



Shaw Repeating 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

George Bernard Shaw is to do 
another Movietone for Fo5c. It will 
be made within the next two months 
and Is to be released around Jan. 1. 

Jack Connolly, European repre- 
sentative for Fox, will again be in 
charge. 



EXCHANGE TBIFS 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Charles Rogers, abroad for two 
months, leaves London toriiorrow 
(Wedne.sday), for Hollywood, 

When he arrives here his asso- 
ciate, Harry J. Brown, will leave 
for Montreal and- a hunting trip. 
Brown will then tour eastern ex- 
-<A^arigii^,C„en tjn3^_and J ntej^^ n g 
to Europe. " 



ARTHUR LAKE'S RESTAURANT 

Los Angeles, S» pt. 4. 

Arthur Luke, Universal contract 
player, is following other film play- 
ers in cstal)H.shlng and opt'V.itlng a 
public dining place on the boule- 
vards leading to the beaches. 

Txiko's new road ho>i>!(< \.ill be 
known as "The Lantern. ' Opens 
about Oct. 15. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



FOX AFTER READE THEATRES 



ASHRETURMNG 
TO ORIENTAL 



Relieving Kvale for New 
Paradise— -Due Back to 
Open B'kl3rn House 



Chicago, Sept. 4, 

Paul Ash will pinch hit fpr Pub- 
tlx by comiiig back here to the 
Oriental 3ept. 28 to stay five or six 
week and then return east to open 
the new Publlx house In Brooklyn 
on Thanksglviner. 

Purpose ot Ash's return Is be- 
lieved t<> be to release Al Kvale 
from the Oriental who will m. c. at 
the Paradise, new Publlx westslde 
hoiise, which has been feeling the 
Interference of the Marks Brother's 
Marbro in the same vicinity. Pub- 
llx figures this will give its new 
theaitre a high b. o. temperature 
after which Kvale will return to 
th« Oriental upon Ash's departure. 

Ash will stay In Brooklyn three 
or four weeks and then resume at 
the Paramount. He is now In his 
17th Week on the Broadway site. . 

Ben Black replaces Ash at the 
Paramount for at least the first 
two weeks the red head is away. 



ROSSHEIM DENIES, Bllt 
WARNER MUM ON DEAL 



Warner istock jumped 20 points 
to 118 on the Stock Exchange, 
pairtly due to reports company would 
buy out the Stanley chain and 
partly due to the struggle of shorts 
to cover contracts in a technically 
cor^iered stock. 

Irving Rosshelm, president of 
Stanley, denied such a sale was In 
prospect, making his statement un- 
Oqulvbcally. 

On the contrary, Harry Warner 
declined to go on record with a defi- 
nite statement that his company 
was not. Interested in . acquiring the 
Bta.nley chain. 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Jack Warner, accompanied by Hal 
Wallis, Warner publicity chief, left 
here on . an hour's notice Aug. 30 
tor New York. 



Mary Pickford's Voice 
Rated Best in Pomeroy Test 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Mary Pickford's voice as repro- 
duced at Paramount, where as a 
courtesy her voice Is registered, is 
declared to be the best so far dis- 

ment/ ; " . 

It is privately stated the test has 
been shown to Paramount players 
as Indicating a mark of excellence 
at which to aim. 

Miss Pickford has had stage ex- 
perience, gained during two dif- 
ferent t)Criods. First was as a child 
and the second, after considerable 
success as a screen performer, 
when engaged by Belasco for "The 
Poor Little Rich Girl." It was In 
this show that Miss Pickford was. 
slerned by Adolph Zukor. 

Incidentally In 1915, Miss Pick- 
ford expressed a view she had been 
known to utter before. That was 
that any morning she would not be 
surprised to find some new screen 
luminary whose brilliance would 
dim any whioh might have been 
iascribed to her. 



Sound Publicity Staff 



'^""""""'^'^r"'"lj6s"^ngc1i?s^^ 

I'D! lot l.s becoming so pro- 
nounced in the division of silent 
and .sound production that it has In- 
stalled a .separate publicity depart- 
ment i:or Movietone operations. 

General publicity staff is not per- 
mitted to worry about what is go- 
ing on in Movietone nor are they 
allowed to talk about it. Harry 
Boehni'.' is in charge oC the sound 
P. A.'s. 



They're "Shopping" 



Where heretofore just the 
fact that the picture talked 
or had sound packed 'em in, 
the novelty era sterna, on the 
wane as far as sound and dia- 
log films are concerned. Par- 
ticularly Is this true in the 
larger cities where more than- 
on© talker appears concur- 
rently and often,. 

Right now, with two and 
three sound films running as 
opposition in many towns, the 
public is evidently looking, 
them over and weighing re- 
spective values more than pre- 
viously. 

Out in Los Angeles, at War- 
ners', the initial, grosses on 
the last three attractions are 
estimated to have been .$30,- 
000, $35,000 and $29,o0o, in that 
order. A drop of $6,000 by 
"The Terror" after "Lights of 
New. York's" preceding high 
, figure. . 

After "Lights" had started to 
$24,000 at the Embassy, San 
Francisco, and finished four 
weeks for a final $20,000, 
"Women" followed in with a 
light $16,000 opener. 

At the Orpheum, Chicago, 
"Midnight taxi" started last 
week to $9,000, $300 lejss than 
the fourth 'and final week of 
"State Street Sadie" and $4,- 
500 under "Sadie's'' initial 
seven days. 

Kansas City hasn't shown a 
passion for either spund or 
dialog with its pictures. 

They're starting to "shop" 
on sound. 



JOHN GILBERT REPORTED 
JOINING U. A. IN MARCH 



M-G Contract Up at That Time 
—To Get $125,000 Per 
Picture as Producer 




Los An^reles, Sept. 4. 
It Is authoritatively reported that 
John Gilbert will Join United Ar- 
tists when his present contract with 
M-Q-M expires in March. 

Gilbert's association with U. A, 
will be as an individual producer 
financed by Art Cinema, according 
to the story. A nr..aximum of $750,- 
000 a picture is mentioned. 

M-G is making strenuous efforts 
to block the deal, but Douglas Fair- 
banks and Charlie Chaplin are fe- 
ported as starting that they will 
brook no interference in their plans. 

Gilbert will be guaranteed about 
$125,000 per picture. 



Lasky Supervising Sound; 
Schulberg on Silent Films 



Lbs Angeles, Sept. 4. 

■According to reports emanating 
from the Paramount lot, Jesse 
Lasky is taking charge of all pro- 
duction concerned \vlth sound and 
dialog. This leaves B. P. Schul- 
berg, production executive at. the 
studio, in charge of silent pictures 
only. 

Lasky is negotiating with direc- 
tors and players to appear in these 
pictures and has turned the dialog 
work over to Albert A. Kaufman, 
his assistant. 



Reed's 3 Silent Films 
With Casts of Unknowns 



I2yoo,ooo 

FOR 27 HOUSES 



Means Important Jersey 
and B'way Holdings, In- 
cluding Astor Theatre-— 
Reade's 1 7 Class A Houses 
—Also Announces Fa. 
Program 



6,200 SEATER IN PHILLY 



Los Angeles, Sept, 4. 



" "Lu t her Jleed7 n e w ly ap p 6 1 nted' 
production supervisor at P^ox, will 
recruit three produtlon units from 
the most promising talent among 
Hollywood's unknowns. He will con- 
centrate on making all silent pic- 
tures with those units. 

J. Clarkson Miller, formerly of 
Paramount's New York writing 
staff, is en route here and will be 
assigned to write an orlgiivU for 
Reed'a first pLctur«. 



. Willlani Fox! will probably take 
over the Walter Re^de chain of 27 
theatres within thei niext month. If 
the deal is consummated U will be 
a sale by deed of real estate or 
through stock owned or controlled 
by Reade. Re&de's asking price is 
$24,600,000 -for' his string which In- 
cludes: 17 class A houses. 

NegotlatTons to this end are now 
approaching a conclusion with Fox 
field men making their final esti- 
mates and measurements on the 
properties. 

Control of the Reade chain would 
give Fox a strong foothold In New 
Jersey, and plus his New England 
representation through absorbing 
the Poll circuit and an announced 
building program for Pennsylvania 
it would insure his position In the 
east. 

The Reade deal will also turn over 
to Fox what is generally considered 
the most valuable theatre site in New 
York, the Astor. This house has six 
years to go under its lease to Loew- 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after which 
it would revert to Fox with the 
understanding the latter already has 
plans for a new theatre on the site. 
Other Broadway houses concerned 
are the Morosco and Bijou, legit 
the^fes, and the Columbia, bur- 
lesque. 

Named as the class A houses, 

their, approximate capacities and 
where located are the Astor, 
1,129, New York; Morosco, 893, New 
York; Bijou, 606, New York; Co- 
lumbia, 1,300, New York; Capitol, 
2,100, Trenton; State, 2,300, New 
Brunswick; Rivoli. , 1,800, New 
Brunswick; Strand, 1,800, Plalnfield; 
Oxford, 1,700, Plalnfield; Majestic, 
2,300, Perth Amboy; Strand, 1,300, 
Perth Amboy; Carlton, 1,800, Red 
Bank; Broadway, 1,800, Long 
Branch;. Mayfair, 2,000, Asbury 
Park; St James, 2,000, Asbury 
Park; Reade's Kingston, 1,800, 
Kingston, N. Y.; Broadway, 1,800, 
Kingston. 

-These remaining houses complete 
the list: Trent, 1,100, Trenton; 
Palace, 1,300, Trenton; Plalnfield, 
1,300, Plainfleld; Crescent, 800, 
Perth, Amboy; Ditmas, 900, Perth 
Amboy; Strand, 1,250, Long Branch; 
Savoy, 1,100, Asbury Park; Rialto, 
COO, Asbury Park; Strand, 1,100, 
Freehold, NV' Jr 

Philadelphia Program 
Besides the Reade proposition Fox 
has a,nnounced a $50,000,000 building 
program for Philadelphia which will 
include one theatre, at 17th and 
Market, to. be an exact copy of the 
Roxy and to cost $18,000,000. State- 
mertt is made that nine other houses 
will be erected, ranging from 4,000 
to 5,000 seats, six to be in that city 
(Continued on page 20) 



Fox Recalls Tone Truck Upon Finding 
U Has Secretly Made Sound Picture 

Universial Disclaims Any Breach of Confidence— 
$30,000 Film in 9 Days with Borrowed Truck 



Making Talkers Silent 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

A Hollywood man. has de- 
vised an ear plug, similar to 
that used for swimming, to cut 
out all noise of talking pictures. 

It's just in case the patron 
insists on taking his screen 
drama silently. 



COST OF CAMERA CREWS 
$620 WK. AFTER NOV. 25 

All Working Units Must Have 
1st, 2d, Still Cameramen 
and 2 Assistants 



First Nationars Lab 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Seeing the need to cope with the 
new developments of making pic- 
tures. First National has installed 
an experimental laboratory where 
various mernbers of the studio are 
given .complete cor operation o_f fa-, 
cllities In trying out various ex- 
periments in scientific research. 

Some of the problems now beng 
worked out at this laboratory are 
stereoscopic photography, cold and 
filtered lighting, direct color pho- 
tography, divisional double and 
triple exposure methods, binocular 
and trlnocular camera lenses and 
many other problems Involving the 
general practice of sight and sound 
recording. 



■ Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Antagonism to the new camera- 
men's union here by a few of the 
higher salaried photographers is 
fast fading. Latest to. Join the or- 
ganization are Charleia Kosher, for 
years known as the cameraman for 
Mary Pickford, and Tony Gaudlo, 
another veteran. 

Eddie C.ronjager, another camera- 
man, disinclined to send in his ap- 
plication; went to San Diego with 
the Dix troupe for "Moran of the 
Marines." It was quickly discov- 
ered the outfit could not work with 
a non-union cameraman. Just as 
quickly wires began to hum to the 
Paramount studio and the union. 

Dix wanted Gronjager, the la;tter 
wanted the job and the studio had 
to have the. picture. Studio advised 
Cronjager to Join, he did, and. was 
back in San Diego that evening. 
Since then Paramount ha'£| been 100 
per cent, union in its ca)mera de- 
pat-tment, a situation that obtains in 
most of, the large plants. 

$620 Weekly for Camera Crew 

All directors of the International 
Photographers of the Motion Pic- 
ture Industries, afllliated with the 
I.A.T.S.E., under the A. F. L., are 
now in New York, and in their 
absence no one will speak oflflclally. 
No denial is made, however, that 
the concession made by the union 
of an open shop in the camera de- 
partment will run as agreed until 
Nov. 25. After that the. lid is on 
tight. 

Present minimum scale reads: 
Assistant camera men, $C0 a week; 
still men, $1.00^ second cam.era, 
ji50; first camera^ $250; Akciey, 
$300. It is stated Initiation dues 
have been placed at $200 beginning 
Sept. 1, Oct. 1 application books 
will be cloiscd and will reriiain so for 
one year. 

Under the usual ruling with the 
regular studios five men constitute 
a crew. First, second, still camera- 
man and two assistants. Question 
comes up as t6 whether the low 
priced quickies will be able to stand 
the gaff of $620 a week. 



Paramount Finds It Can't 
Release 'Burlesque' Till '30 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Reason for Paramount's long de- 
lay in producing "Burlo.sque" as 
a talker is due to .the fact that the 
picture cannot be released before 
Jan.-l, 1030, in accordance with tiie 
eo n tra<j t- ma d e^w ith G corge ■ WattTirsy 
autiior and stage producer. 

I'aramount ofnciala are rc-portcd 
to have boon under the Impi'fjssiori 
they could release the picture Jan. 
1, 1929, but last weok their attor^ 
ney is reported to have looked ;it 
the contract and found that the 
release date was a year L'lt'T. It l.s 
likely that prodnotion on tho 
ture will be po.stponc<I until no.x.t 
. July. 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Universal has produced a Movie- 
tone picture under cover and In nine 
dayj at a cost of $30,000. The Fox 
ofiOidials were so perturbed they re- 
called a camera and Movietone truck 
loaned to U immediately upon find- 
ing out the picture had been niade. 
Several months ago Universal ar-- 
ranig:ed with Fox to obtain a,. Movie- 
tone truck for tests on "Show Boat." , 
Two weeks ago B. A. Heath, former 
director for Hal Roach, appeared at 
Universal City and recruited prin- 
cipals, headed by Walter Pldgeon, 
Tommy Dugan and Mildred Harris, 
to work in a Movietone picture. The 
set was carefully guarded and no 
word passed that the picture was 
being made. The company procured 
shots made in Camp Lewis for "The 
Patent Leather Kid" .from First 
National and fitted them, into the 
picture, and also obtained the Loa 
Angeles police quartet to chant. 

Each night the dally rushes were 
taken to a downtown theatre and. 
secretly looked over with the house 
guarded. When the picture waa 
completed word got around what 
had been done and Fox Immedla-tely 
recalled the camera and truck Augr. 
28; which Universal was to have 
had until Sept. 1. 

Universal oflnclals state they didn't 
obtain the truck under false pre- 
tenses as It was loaned to do wltli 
as they chose. Winnie Sheehan, 
when asked about the matter, said 
that permission had been obtained 
for thia device In the east several 
months ago and that as far as he 
was concerned every thig is okay. 

However, it Is quietly Intimated 
around that when U Is ready to 
release the picture, possibly withia 
the next 10 days, Fox may brinir 
some sort of proceeding to re- 
strain. Release date, it is said. wlU 
be Sept. 17, with no title as yet 
chosen for the picture. 

While in possession of the loaned 
Movietone equipment Universal is 
reported to have added dialog and 
sound to three other pictures. These 
supposedly were "Last Warning," 
"Lonesome" and Glen Tryon's "It 
Can Be Done." 



Currier Replaces Kane 
As Photophone Head 



Richard Currier, representing the 
Radio* Corporation of America's 
downtown interests, and him'solf an 
attorney. Is now in charge of Photo- 
phone (RCA) activities. Currier 
succeeds Robert T. Kane In charge. 
Elmer E. Bucher, vice-president 
and general manager of Photophone, 
Inc., is now on a vacation. Latter 
is a radio salesman. 

Kane and Bucher are said to have 
had a misunderstanding through 
the objection to Kane's desire to 
engage his own personnel. He had 
been placel with Photophone by J. 
P. Kennedy as the latter's contact 
man with the sound film business. 
Kane Is now In the FBO home of- 
fice, at the helm of Sound Studios, 
Inc., a .separate corporate entity, to 
handle synchronizations. 

Photophone la allied with FBO 
and I'athe. 



Jannings' Daughter With 
^^inrinllis FirsrTalker 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Ruth J.'innlnfffl, IG, daughter of 
Kniil Janniiurs, has been given an 
Iniportant role . in "Sins ..of the 
Kathors." starring her dad. . 

This Is tlio picture in which the 
.star will talk for the first time. 
Ho pinys a (Jorrnan-American sa- 
licm kfi'por who becomes a boot- 
IcgKor. 



6 



' VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



British Film Field 

By Frank Tilley 



London, Auff, 27, . 
These European Cartels 
Wake up, Amcricja. Anyway, thai 
part, repi'P.sontcd by the movJe in- 
terests. You're so sure of- your- 
iselves; so certain nothing can or 
ever will be doh^ on this side to 
lop a limb ofl! your control of the 
business. And.riuht now the bone 
is boiuf? sa\vn, And. you're so much 
under , the anesthetic, of your own 
sati.'?facti6n.you don't feel it. While 
the olocker is oountiufi: 10, listen how 
you're being hit in thie future rev- 
enue. 

, For the last eight months there 
have been perfected numerous ar- 
rangements between Briti.sh, Ger- 
man, French, Swedish and other 
Continental picture interests. Ma,y- 
be you've he.ird that before. But 
you've got to hear it again. Tt^bu're. 
In :i?.nger of knowing a thing sq 
well you knpw nothing alJput it;. 

"The cartels, aini at one thing: the 
creation of an infer-liuropean piic- 
turc market so the producers In 
the varioiis countries can secure 
a big enough outlet to enable them 
to go make pictures without losing 
money. So ' lonig ats they e-ach had 
to m.iiko for their own territory, and 
ta.ke a long chance on any foreign 
sales, you .could always beat them 
to it, in quality, coat and pi-ice. But 
when they have ah 'assured market, 
covering practically. a:ll Europe, the 
: position is, different, E-specially 
when they have theatre afflllations 
and the law behind them to force 
theatres to play native pictureis. 

In Germany, France and Britain 
there are some' 9,000 . effective picr 
ture theatres. Leave out the rest 
of . Europe and figure laow much of 
this three-nation market you have 
left and where it is g:oing. 

The Wall Without a Tariff 
* Joe Sciaenck told 'em here and in 
France that quotas were the bunk 
for our o.wn business; HIgli tar- 
iffs, , said iSchenck, would, do much 
more good. . .Maybe. But you can't 
sell the European, film industry, that 
idea when they see how well the 
quota systems are working out for 
them. They are building a wall, 
stronger than any tariff wall, and 
much more immune from political 
crashing. 

Here is a list , of some of the 
bigger cartels now . formed: British 
International has atfiliations with, 
or owns Sudfilm, Germany.; Gine- 
romans, France; Sascha, Austria; 
Radius, Hungary; -Dorian, Ro.u- 
mania; Slavia, Czecho-Slovakia; 
Bosnafilm, Yugo-Slavia; Petef, Po- 
land; .British International Conces- 
Ibn, Spain .(two branches^ — Madrid 
and Barcelona). 

In the Gaumont gi'oup are: Gau- 
mont, lined up with Ufa and Sv/ed- 
ish Biografteatern A. B.: . W. & F. 
Company, with Fellner & Somlo 
(Germany) and Pittaluga (Italy); 
ideal, with Terra, Germaihy. 
. Among the bigger indies are: 

Briti.s-h & Foreign Filrris Co., as- 
sociated with Messtro-Orplid, Ger 
many; Blattner Film Corp., with 
Mcisster and Lupu Pick; New Era, 
with Greenbaum, Germany. There 
are others, but they do not matter 
so much. , 

. The effect of these affiliations is 
showing itself already. This time 
next year that effect will double 
The methods of co-operatlv© pro 
duction and exchange for distribu- 
tion will have gotten under way 
and the quantity of American prod- 
uct ab.<5orbed in Europe will have 
fallen further. 

These get-togethers are not jokes 
or glad-handing. They are busl^ 
ne-ss enterprises handled by men 
who see ah opportunity to make a 
l<it of money out of a law and pa- 
triotisnj-protcctod European film 
market. 

Some of the Works 

Figure , out what it has caused in 
this market alone to date this year, 
lip to the end of this month 474 
feature films will have been offered 
for booking. Out of these, 359 are 
American. The remaining 115 are 
British and Continental, and 51 of 
these are German. 

Hitherto, the average percentage 
: of American films released on this 
market has been around. 90. The 
features offered tills year to Aug. 30 
nre for relea.se next year, so the 
American percentage . takes a fall 
to G6 per cent. And It is likely 
to go lower because of these car- 
tels. . 

With many of tlie British Inde- 
pendent distributors, product made 
at home and that made by co-op- 
eration -.^g n=^the^CoJi^tlnfint,^j!jt,=:yL£i^ 



tioh to the falling American liiar- 
ket, and gave Hgiires and reasons. 
Estimates then made that in a year 
the American percentage would be 
down ta between 60 and 70 per cent 
have been ju.stified. And that 66 
per cent may go stlU lower. 

The British quota increases every, 
year .from now on. It comes into 
force for exhlliitors Oct. 1 next, and 
the rhoi'e your big organizations 
t^Uild key houses in London .and pur 
other cities to insure an outlet, the 
more they will create the picture 
habit for the benefit of the people 
tieing up theatres, native produc- 
tioii and framing foreign aflSHations. 

Still a purther Move 

Thi.s Berlin internationar confer- 
ence is adding to the possibilities of 
the situation.-. Its ehicf object was 
for the German Exhibitbr.'j Produ- 
cers* Syndicate to put a resolution 
to the Briti.sh visitors, representing 
the- Oihemato.gr.apli Exhibitors' As-, 
sociation, that independent Cxliib- 
itors should go into production , <*o- 
operativelY with the German ex- 
hibitors. 

Victor Davis, president of .•the C. 
E. A., has received the. resolution 
with some coolness, saying it must 
be submitted to the dissociation. . • 

More than once the ind exhibs 
here have thought of going into pro- 
duction, but are so . afraid of each 
other nothing has com^i of It. But, 
leaving out the Provincial Cinemat- 
ograph Thetares, the . Gaumont- 
Denmari, United Theati-es, Stoll, and 
one or two more circuits, the indies 
still count for about 2,000 theatres 
in the association. So far as this 
writer knows^ ofthand. the German 
Syndlkat groups only some , 700 
houses, so any co-operative Aiiglo- 
Gernian productloix plan would have 
to .be 75 per cent British. 

The trade press here is naturally 
against any such idea. It would 
have nothing to come from an ex- 
hibitor pt-oducing organization oper- 
ating through trade societies. Be- 
sides which, these papers have been 
told to pan the Berlin conference by 
their present supporters. 



Joseph Phiflips, who came here 
with Jack Connelly, walked out on 
him on an offer from British Photo- 
tone while . Jack was sick in bed. 
Phototone knew Phillips was hero 
with Connolly, who brought him In 
on a labor permit. Which, if it's 
pulled away from Phillips for 
sw^itchlnp his job, may not be so 
good for him.' 



SELLING VIA SCREEN 



Govts, and Firnris Sho% Commer- 
cial Films at Toronto Fair 



Toronto, Sept. 4. 

More film Is being shown at the 
current Canadian National Exhi- 
bition than ere before. Eighteen 
government exhibits use flickers 
and 4'4 private qoi-poi\'itions shoSv 
pictures of the manufacture or dis- 
tribution . of product. In addition 
three camera manufacturers invite 
the public to take a peek at their 
product. The Eastman Co. shows 
the' new home color device. 

A.<5 big a gathering of news cam- 
eramen as ev€fr irivaded the Domin-. 
ion were shooting the first section 
of the third Wrigley mai-athon: for 
its $50,000 prizes. The main sec- 
tion of this lake ■ derby goes 
^^'ednesday. 





WAXING WARM 




Union Theatres and Hoyt -s 
After Films and * 
Houses 



main, and in some eases their en 
tire. oulr>ut at this time. 

Independent distributors here who 
■up to a year , ago handled few but 
jVmei'ican films, with an occasional 
pietu'ro of their o'vvn making, are 
now entirely off American films. 
Thoy make more money di.strihuting 
their own and continental stuff, e.<?- 
peoially now that they get a break 
in the oontln''ntal market through 
Uielr tie-up.T there. 

Horse Sense 
It is just about a year ago since 
this department first called atten- 



Pcrsonal 

Exhibs are framing a presentation 
to A. C. Bromhead, of Gaumonts, to 
celebrate his 30 years in the picture 
garrie. 

Iris Barry, film critic of the Daily 
Mail, quits at the end of this mOnth. 
Says she went voluntarily 'cause 
she'd been there long enough. Fol- 
lowed in by Russell Stannard. 

Colonel Lowry, here some time for 
the Hays organization, has gone 
back to Ne-w York. Understanding 
here is that he's through. 

A. E. Abrahams^ flnlsiiing the Re- 
gal, Marble Arch, this month, is 
starting on another Regal at Nor- 
wood, 

The first two Edgar Wallace films, 
"The Ringer" and . "Chick," are 
scheduled for preview next week. 

"Young. Woodley," still running at 
the Savoy, has been bought for film- 
ing by British International. Will 
be directed by Thomas Bentley. . 

Graham Cutts has rejoined Gains- 
borough Pictures, of which he was 
at one time on the executive. He is 
to make a third film with- Ivor No- 
vello, "The Return of the Rat." 

There's talk. E. A. Dupont is try- 
ing to get back with Uriiversal. Bur 
Inside is, Laehimle won't play till 
the business of the former contract 
is a bit more clear. 



Films in Town 

Tvoli, now with its last picture 
before the M-G-M control of the 
house ends, is stopping the traflUc on 
the Strand for a couple of blocks 
with queues. Playing to capacity, 
matinees and all. Picture is "Trail 
of '98." 

Business of general release plays 
the devil with program.s. In town 
this week four houses are showing 
"Twelve Miles Out," four have "Now 
We're In the Air," while "A Sailor's 
Sweetheart," "Stop That Man" and 
"Her Wild Oat" are all at two 
houses. 

Two British filma are on, "A South 
Pea Bubble," at the Astoria, and 
"Carnival" (rels.suc), at the Forum. 
Both, the.sc were directed by Ameri- 
cans. 

Universal still hold.s "The Man 
Who Laughs" at the Rialto, and 
"Th^- =G'[mrht("^lTmf?=-open ed- to- f« i rly 
good receptions at the New Gallery, 

Four "West lOnd houses arc play- 
ing vaudfilm programs. 



Sydney, Aug, 4, 

Union "Theatres and Hoyt's Tlie- 
ati'es ai-e gi-imly battling to gain the 
upper hand . regarding plctui'es in 
this country.. Both companies con- 
trol many big theatres in every 
state of Australia, Hoyt's ace house 
Is the. local Regent^ while Union's 
main site is the Capitol, also lo- 
cated here. Latter house runs a 
weekly charjge with the. Regent now 
reverting to a split week instead of 
playing films on a run basis,. 

It's a trade war. Stuart Doyle, 
head of Union, has Just bought out- 
right the '29 program of Paramount 
and has secured the pictures offered 
by M-G-M, First National, Univer- 
sal, Pathe, Fox and Master Pictures. 
This gives Doyle 1,500 fllin.<!, count- 
ing shorts, for '29 and '30, or 90 
per cent of the market. 

Oppo.sed to this, Hoyt's announces 
a contract ehtered into with British 
Dominion Filrtis for 52 British made 
program features per , annum. Union 
holds options on the specials put 
out by the firms with which it has 
signed, . but should the price for 
these be too high this option may 
not be exercised, Hoyt's will then 
probably buy at any price owing to 
its short supply of "features. United 
Artists has stated it has hot closed 
with either circuit and will wait for 
the highest bid. 

Construction Strife . 

Hoyt's has held sway .!n Mel- 
bourne and other big cities in Vic- 
toria and has lately Invaded New 
South Wales by building and buying 
neighborhood houses. Sir George 
Tallis and the Taits, heads of Wil 
llamson-Tait, are in with Hoyt's 
and F, W, Thring is the man behind 
the gun. 

Interested with LTnion are E. J. 
and Dan Carroll, who control the 
Prince -Ed.ward,. Sydney, and; many 
other Queensland houses. Hoyt's 
recently built a magnificent theatre 
In Melbourne and Union replle.d by 
starting on the State in that city. 
This is to be the largest house in 
Australia and opens around Jan. 1 
Union Is now building another big 
house in Sydney t6;al.s6 be named 
the State. This one will be larger 
than the Capitol and opens next 
year. 

Another point is that Hoyt's may 
establish its own exchanges. This 
depends on what product it can.se 
cure from the independent market 
in America, The firm is likely to 
turn to FBO, A Hoyt representa- 
tive is now on his way to New York 
to confer oh the matter. 

Union opens its new Ambassa 
dores in. Perth Aug. 15. 



Moscow, Aug. 14, 
Jliyliest Soviet authorities, after 
an investigation of the quarrel be- 
tween the iSovkino, largest Soviet 
movie tru.st, and the ^Mejrabpom- 
Filni, a lesser Soviet company, have 
decided that the Sovkino heads 
acted In this matter unwisely and 
unlawfully, 

Investigation confirmed the com- 
plaint of the Mejrabpom-Film that 
the Sovkino withdrew financial aid, 
which by the . Soviet law it was to 
give the Mejrabpom-FUm produc- 
tions, and that obstacles were 
placed by $ovkinp in the pathe of 
domestic and foreign] distribution of 
the Mejrabpom-Film product, which 
actions had put Mejrabpom-Film in 
serious financial straits. 

Report, showed that prior to the 
conllict between the two Soviet' film 
oorporation.s, more than half of the 
Soviet films sold abroad were of 
Mejrabpom-Film. make. As a re- 
sult of the investigation, Sovkino is 
told to suspend its hostilities 
against Merjrabpom-Film, to pro- 
vide the latter company with an ad- 
vance of $250,000, with 'which the 
new Mejrabpom-Filnl . productions 
will be financed, and to resume the 
distribution of the latter company's 
output both in Russia and abroad. 

Organization of special film sell- 
ing offices, abroad by the Soviet de- 
partment of commerce is recom- 
mended,. These ofllces will supplant 
the existing foreign agencies of 
Sovkino and other Soviet movie 
companies, making the distribution 
of Russan films abroad a highly 
centralized business, selling the 
output of all Soviet picture com- 
panies and showing no favors or 
ob.stacles to anyone of therii. 

Decisions were rendered by a 
mixed commission of the Soviet de- 
partment of commerce, department 
of people's education, and the so- 
called "Worker-Peasant Inspection 
Committees." 



BRITISH DIRECTOR COMING 

'Los Angeles, Si'pt, 4. 

Dudley Bott, a director of Photo- 
tone, British sound company, is en 
route to Hollywood from London. 

Tie expects to spend several 
weeks here studying local methods 
on the talkers. 



Vaude Acts Berlin Jaunt 

To^MakFTalii^ 

London, .Sept. 4. 
A number of -vaudeville nets 
quietly slipped away liu't week . to 
Berlin. 

Understood they will appear, in 
talking shorts to be made under 
German pro<|esR for BiKlsh Photo- 
tone with Producers Distributing 
Company to handle for British 
Isles.' 



Gaumont-British in Canadian Film 
Drive First No. American Wedge 




Inserting a rrillking scene into his 
new film "Ivan and Maria" proved 
the undoing of the Soviet mega- 
phone wielder Shirokoff, Moscow 
critics who witnessed a preview of 
the film wrote in their accounts that 
it was a good scene except that the 
a;iimal milked: was a bull. 

Other- mistakes are apt to lead 
to a complete veto of the picture 
by the Soviet authorities. 

There is a wholesale migration of 
Russian movie folks from Paris to 
Berlin on foot. 

Ivan Moszhoukhin, who played 
"Michael Strogoff," and later under 
the name of Ivan MPskine was un- 
successfully tried out in Hollywood 
by Universal, is making his third 
Berlin picture. "The Czar's Aide-de- 
Camp," for. Greenbaum , and plans 
to assume tlie megaphone soon. He 
will direct his own. self in "Byron." 



Vlacheslav Turjanskl, Russian di- 
rector brought to Hollywood by 
M-G-M .and who later tried to di- 
rect Barry mor^ in "Tempest," is 
hack in Europe. He is trying to 
make up time lost in Hollywood by 
working on a new film "Volga, the 
Russian River" for a German com- 
pany. 

Among other Russian film people 
who have moved frojn Paris to Ber- 
lin, N. F. kolin is ohe^oif theTjQHi^st; 
His contract with Ufa calls for the 
making of two comedies. A. A. 
VolkofC ■will begin his work on 
"Czar Alexander I'' for the same 
company shortly. M. F. Andreeva, 
Gorky's former wife, is signed to 
play In "The 17-Year-Old One.s" for 
Terra -Fiim, another • Russian, G. 
Azagaroff, is directing. 



Olga Chekhova, V. G. Seroff 
(Moscow Art Theatre), A. P. 
Boldireff, Gregory Khmara and N, 
A, Lissenko are also in Berlin 
studios, The two last named arc 
doing two films on Ra.sputin, being 
shot simultaneously by two oppo- 
sition studies. Scenario on one of 
these was prepared by B. S. Nevo- 
lin. 



Jolson Sept. 27 



London, '"-Sopt. 4. 



Tlic Warner Bros, open the Pic- 
^adi Jl v=^Sgiit^ 2 7 1- With - '.'The _Ja 
Singer," first of the new talking pic- 
tures to hit London. It will be fol- 
lowed by "Lights of . New York" 
and then "Noah's Ark." 

It took much fixin.g to arrang<> 
these bookln.ij[s, as "Jazz Singer" \yas 
originally contracted for the new 
Regal Cinema which opens soon. 
ICaHler showing at the Pieeadilly 
■vxas arranged when Warners con- 
ceded first call on future product to 
the Heg.al, 



Toronto, Sept. 4. 

Invasion of the Canadian pictiirs 
field both as to production, dlstrlbu'^ 
tlon and exhibition by. British Inter- 
ests is seen in the granting of a 
Dominion charter to the Gainnont 
British Corpi. of Canada, Ltd. 

Management is Indirectly in -the 
hands of Lieut,' Col. A. C. Bronihead, 
C.B.E., wiiQ also heads the parent 
company, Gaumont British Corpora- 
tion, Ltd. Actual management will 
lay with Arthur E. Lee, who is made 
vice-president, and Edward Auger^ 
who becomes managing director.. 

The; charter— -first granted this 
outfit in North America — empowers: 
the company to produce, distribute 
and present pictures anywhere in 
Canada and to build theatres. They 
have linked up with the Universal 
offices for actual distribution. Other 
executives arc Reginal C. Brom- 
head, treasurer-, and W. F. Barrett, 
secretary. 

30 Features a Year 

Head office will be in Toronto, 
with branches in St, Jolin; Montreal, 
Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. 
Intention is to import and distribute 
24 to 20 British features annually. 
These will not . nece.ssarily be of 
Gaumont production and will not 
for the • present be sent into the 
United States.' 

Lee is at present president of the 
Ainerr Anglo Corporation; Ne^v 
York, and was formerly with the 
General Film Co., here. 

Reginal, like A. C. Bromhead, is 
connected with the parent com pa,ny. 
The Toronto olTiee will ojien imme- 
diately. 



Czech's New Quota I^w 
Is Menace to U. S. Films 

Washington, Sppt, 4, 
Proposed quota law on pictures' 
for Czechoslovakia is meeting with 
considerable suppor,t and is a sub- 
stitute for a previous proposal to 
subsidize, the do'mestic industry 
which was withdrawn because of 
the belief it would place too great 
ai, burden on the exhibitors. 

Present proposition, holds an 
actual menace for . American pro- 
ducers, though to just what extent 
developments will disclose. Un- 
limited po'wers are placed In the 
hands of the Minister of Commerce, 
who could, should he desire, place 
the quota of domestic pictures at 
an abnormally high figure and 
could thus almo.st exclude foreign 
films. This same minister would 
decide how many domestic films the 
theatres wo'uld have to show an- 
nually. Heavy fines for violations 
are provided with local producing 
companies subject to penalties un- 
less producing their stipulated 
quota.s. 



No Paris Trade Shows 

Creates a Precedent 

Paris, Sept. 4. 

Creating almost a precedent, 
there was not a single trade .show 
in Paris" lust week. Whether it- 
marks a, change. in business custom 
or is accidental or whether it is a 
consequence of the new situation 
brought about by the now quota 
regulation.?, are questions. 

"Wedding liells" was presented 
for. the first. time, at the Paramount 
Friday and "Bringing Up Father" 
at the Gaumont Palace. 

The Madeleine Cinema is an- 
nouncing the last performances of 
"Ben Hur" marking the end of an 
extraordinary engagement. ' 



RENOVATING MARIVAUX 

l'ari.s, Aug. 27. 
Salle Marivaux, picture, house 
specializing in United Artists pro- 
ductions, is closed for . alterations. 
Seating capacity is being incretised. 



L. A. to N. Y. 



Charles Christie 



N. Y. to A. 



Al Christie 

Josej)h M. !<i'hen<'k. 

Frank Brandow. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



GRIFHTH'S 20 YEAR RECORD 




Covers D. W.'» Career, '08- 
»28— "Intolerance" Most 
Costly, $l,600iaOO-^"Na- 
tion," the Highest Money 
M a k e r^ $10,000,000— 
Made 2-Reelers for $2,000 



$54,603,000 TOTAL GROSS 



During D. W, Griffith's career as 
a picture dii-ector, beginning in 
1908, he has directed around 427 
pictures at a total production cost 
of $11,400,000, and they have 
grossed in excess of $54,603,000. 

Some 17 of these pictures, made 
during the last decade, are of out- 
standing nature and figures pertain- 
ing to their cost and grosses are as 
authentic as prevailing records can 
show. The remaining pictures made 
by Griffith for other companies, and 
in which he had no financial inter- 
est, are conservatively estimated 
from records available. 

When Griffith abandoned the 
stage in 1908 to cast his lot 
with the lowly movie, he joined 
Biograph as an actor. When 
they gave him a chance to direct 
he increased his salary from 
$20 to $25 per week. He took the 
business seriously enough to make 
his work stand out until he became 
the first director to command box- 
office attention by feature billing, 
This, however, was not attained 
until after Griffith had served two 
years with. Biograph, grinding out 
on an average of two features a 
week, which at that time consisted 
of from 500 to 1,000 feet of film. 

When Griffith first joined the Bi- 
ograph company its stock was be- 
ing sold at 50 cents a share. A year 
later It sold for $112, and when the 
•government brought suit against it 
on behalf of the M. P. Patents Co., 
profits of the Biograph company 
were discovered to be 1,700 per cent, 
oh the Investment in one year. 

First Two . Reeler . 
In 1910 Griffith startled the entire 
picture industry, and mostly the Bi 
ograph officials, when he made the 
first two reeler and during '11 and '12 
he collaborated witli his cameraman 
Billy Blitzer, to bring out new ca- 
mera angles. Including closeup and 
soft focus. This experimental work 
was increasing the production costs 
until the two reelers were ai'ound 
$3,000, but grossing anywhere from 
$25,000 to $150,000. In spite of this 
Biograph officials considered Gi'if 
fith was going beyond his bounds 
When he threatened to make a four 
reeler they also threatened to fire 
him. 

Griffith pulled stakes and joined 
• (Gontlnued -on page 12) 



Lios Angeles, Sept. 4. 

iPlans are being formed 
for the erection of a sanitarium 
to house picture executives who 
are corn polled to look at daily 
rushes of sound and talking 
pictures, 

It is said the strain of lopk- 
Ing at six takes of a scene on 
any particular talker is tremen- 
dous, on both eye and ear. Also 
that many of the execs have . 
been compelled to look at as 
much as 14,000 feet of sound 
filmi a day. 



D. A. ASKS AIMEE TO 
LINGER DUE TO SUIT 



WAmPAS GAG 



(Continued from page 1) 



announcement to which was at 
tached an "important notice," stat 
ing the Wampas Hoover Club would 
be organized at the session. It was 
wordfed seriously and indicated an 
effort was, being made to deliver 
Wampas en masse to Hoover. Fol 
lowing day a second notice just as 
solemnly stated the Wampas Smith 
Club would also be organized at 
this meeting. 

The third day anotlier notice was 
sent out, pleading with members to 
be present and "prevent the Wam 
pas being delivered to any one 
party or being split by having two 
presidential organizations." 

By this time all the members were 
wlse._J3ut^ SL^jBJlJbL. auRPP^ 
had only received his first notice, 
indignantly told an A. P. representa 
tive about it. Result was the A. P, 
broadcast a 1 50 -word . story about 
the proposed Hoover Club and so 
berly referred to Jimmy Walker' 
recent speech to the Wampas In 
which he warned the film industry 
against mixing in politics. 

Tho Smith and Hoover clubs were 
Viot fonnr'd. 



14,000 Ft. of Talk Daily 



Member of Mrs. McPherson's 
Church Charges Fraud Over 
Land Deal— Asks $7,270 



Still Cameraman Found 
Dead on F. N. Location 

LiOB Angeles, Sept. ,4. 
Frank C. Bangs, 65, for the past 
eight years personal staff photog- 
rapher' for the Richard Barthelmess 
company, was found . dead in his 
tent On Catalina Island Aug. 29. 
Banks died pL heart failure. His 
daughter, Victorlne, was married to 
Myron A. Hatfield on the eve of his 
death. 

Bangs refrained from attending 
the daughter's wedding because of 
a premonition of disaster. Baiigs 
approved of the marriage but since 
another younger daughter recently 
passed away after being married but 
five months, he ' thought it better 
for the older girl to be married 
without a public ceremony. 

The photographer on location for 
"Scarlet Seas," was found dead with 
the ear phones of a one-tube radio 
set affixed to his ears. 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Following filing of a suit by M. 
W. Pui'year» a member of. her 
church and a graduate of her Bible 
class, charging Almee Semple Mc- 
pherson, pastor of Angelus Temple, 
with fraud in connection with a 
real estate deal, Deputy District 
Attorney Mclsaacs demanded that 
the world's most sensational show 
wopnan delay her proposed Euro- 
pean tour and remain In Los An- 
geles pending an investigation of 
the promotion and sale of the 
properties. Mrs. McPherson had 
intended leaving Los Angeles for 
New York last Monday. 

Suit filed in Superior Court asks 
for $7,270, stating that. Mrs. Pur- 
year had been Induced to sell an 
apartment house at a sacrifice in 
order to raise money to invest in 
the project. PlaintiflE alleges that 
Mrs. McPherson said a deed to the 
property in question was held in 
her name, that she was backing the 
project for the bieneflt of members 
of her congregation and without 
benefit to herself. Plaintiff also 
alleges -that Mrs. McPherson had 
arranged for 10 per cent, to be paid 
to her although she held no license 
to sell real estate; Complaint 
further alleges that plaintiff be- 
lieves the fixed price of $900 tracts 
had been increased in order to pay 
Mrs. McPherson qgmmission in ex- 
cess of the 10 per cent, referred to. 
In addition to Mrs, McPherson, the 
Ech Park Evangelistic Association, 
Metropolitan Trust Co, of Cali- 
fornia; Four Square Light House, 
R. B. Jordan, H. L. Henry and C, 
E. Kenyon were named as defend- 
ants. 

AH • defendants, excepting the 
Metropolitan Trust Co., are alleged 
to have conspired to obtain money 
from members of the Angelus Tem- 
ple congregation through floati/ig a 
project known as Tahoe Cedars at 

Lake Tahoe, Cal. - - -■ 

District Attorney Mclsaacs said 
the reason he asked Mrs. McPher- 
son to remain was tha.t ho had a 
number of documents, the nature 
of which he could not divulge, of 
such serious nature that he insists 
4that she remain in town for at least 
a week'. 



Ben Lyons' Solos 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
After 112 hours in the air as a 
passenger, and more than six hours 
as a pupil, Ben Lyon has made his 
first . solo filghts. He took off three, 
times within a half hour and on two 
of these made perfect landings, the 
third nearly so. 

, On his third landing Lyon's moth- 
er presented him with a helmet. 



$1,000 a Minute 



It costs a major film pro- 
ducer of talkers an average 
of $1,000 a. minute to syn- 
chronize a subject. 

A feature length ' picture . 
represents a $50,000 to $65,000 
nut on the overhead for the 
technical synchronization, mu- 
sical royalties, etc. 



GLORIA'S VOICE 



Will Talk in "Kelly" and Has Home 
Projection Room Wi**ed 



Los" Angeles, Sept. 4. . 

Production of "Queen Kelly," 
Gloria Swanson's next picture, may 
be delayed another three weeks 
until Photophone equipment is all 
set at the Pathe studios. 

Miss Swanson will appear in a 
few talking se'quences and it marks 
the first time for her voice to be 
heard by the general public. She 
has never made any personal ap- 
pearance tours , nor has she ever 
spoken over the radio.: 

In anticipation of this new form 
of work, Miss Swanson is the siec- 
on^ screen player out here to have 
sound equipment installed in her 
home. 



WAGE CLAIM SQUALL 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

An epidemic of claims for wages 
by household workers against the- 
atrical people broke out here before 
the labor commission, 

Emil Jannlngs was made defend- 
ant in a claim for $80, filed by B. 
Stonder, asking that amount for 
services as gardener; Rose Smith, 
cook, filed claim for $101 for serv- 
ices in the home of Oliver Morosco, 
and Alma Nelson, dome.stlc, aaked 
.$78 . for . scrvjc es in th^^^ of 
Ricardo Cortez. ' ^ 



Departed This Life 
September 5, 1927 



Sweet are your memories, Marcus dear, 
Oh, how we miss you no words can tell» 
God surely knows you served him well; 
Safe with Him now, you have earned your rest, 
Why you were called, He alone knows best; 
May your dear soul rest in peace 
Is the earnest wish of your loving 

Wife, Children and Grandchildren. 



CHATTERERS USE GLORIA 
FOR STUDIO GAG STUNT 



Miss Swanson^ Disguised, 
Turned Down by Casting 
Directors 



i Los Angeles. Sept. 4, 
A couple of fan magazine writers, 
intent on getting a feature story, 
used Gloria S>y£*rison for a stunt' 
on press agents and casting direc- 
tors of a number of the studios in- 
cluding FBO, the lot upon which 
Miss Swanson is working. 

The two girls called up press 
agents of various studios and told 
them that the. publisher of their 
paper had sent for a girl from the 
east who had been in a number , of 
shows and liad also had consider- , 
able screen experience, i They re- 
quested that the P.A.'s Introduce 
the lady to their casting directors. 
The press agents, not wanting to 
offend, agreed to do what they 
could. 

Arriving at the studios, the 
woman had . frousy blonde hair, 
wore an old-fashioned dress with 
short skirts, looked . plump, talked 
in monosyllables and held her head 
down. One press agent, after con- 
versing with her and getting her 
history, decided sh6 was n.g. and 
rushed her to the casting director 
who, in his formal way, took height, 
weight, color of hair, made inquiry 
about wardrobe and let it go at 
that. This stunt was repeated at 
the different studios with nobody 
becoming wise to the Identity of the 
player being introduced. To cap 
the climax the two chatterers de- 
cided to take the star over to a fa- 
mous Hollywood restaurant tv^here 
picture people gather. There also 
much fun waa made of the woman 
with, the two chatterers, who ar« 
none too fashionable In appearance 
themselves. 

After the girls had put over the 
stunt they began to cackle on how . 
they slipped it over and how their 
magazine would print the stcry that 
Gloria Swanson was refused work ' 
as an extra because she appeared 
in make-up and disirulse. 



STAR'S 37,320 LETTERS 

Billie Dove's Total for July— Bur- 
bank Haridling Big Mail 



Los Angeles. Sept. 4. 
Burbank postofflce official records 
for t.he month of July show 37,320 
Jotters passing -through the office 
for Bille Dove. Add this to the 
amount of mall received by other 
First National players and Bur- 
bank's postofflce ia handling the 
work of a 200,000 city with the help 
allotted to a city of 60,000 popula- 
tion. 

Clara Bow is said to hold the rec- 
ord for the number of fan letters 
received. 



WAMPAS' TWO FROLICS 

Los Angeles, Sept- 4. 

Wampas Is talking about holding 
its annual frolic in both Los An- 
geles and San Francisco next year. . 

rdca is to arrange the San Fran- 
cisco date on the Saturday follow- 
ing the Loa' Angclf>s show. 



Molly O'Day Goes Under 
Knife to Remove Weight 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Molly O'Day, who lost out with 
First National because of a distinct 
tendency to plumpness. Underwent 
a weight removing operation at 
Queen of the Angels Hospital. 

She will spend several weeks in 
the Infirmary and then go on a 
strict diet. 



ST, CLAIR'S BROKEN FOOT 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Malcolm St. Clair broke his foot 
while playing tennis at his. home. 

.When the director arrived at the 
studio with the foot in a plaster 
cast all the Paramount tennis play- 
ers autographed their nsimea on the 
protoctice rovoring. 



Griffith Rings Bell as 
Lupe and Jetta Battle 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
A battle between Jetta Goudal 
and Lupe Velez while working in 
''The Love Song'' reac.hed Us cllma?;^ 
when D. W. Griffith ordered each to 
-remain in her private rooni or off 
their set when not engaged. 

It appears that Miss Goudal 
looked upon Miss Yelez as a be- 
ginner. This burned up the Mex- 
ican girl and when she complained 
it: Was Interfering with her work, 
the director joined in. 



Fenune Lead Collapses and 
Brenon East; 'Rescue* Off 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
AU work on "Rescue," Ronald 
Colman'B current picture for Sahi- 
uel Goldwyn, has been postponed in- 
definitely as a result of the col- 
lapse of the leading woman, Laska 
Winters. 

Miss Winters' husband, J. T. L. 
O'Donahue, scenarist, died suddenly 
Aug. 26, and Herbert Brenon, dl- 
"roctor,== waB^BumTn'oired"^Bt--by^^"t 
serious illness of his mother. 



THREAT MAN SENTENCED 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Lloyd I. Fnrnard, who atlcmptf.-d 
to extort $2,000 from Fay Wray l)y 
threats agalh.st her mothrr, w;im 
sentenced by Jurl^o Kdmon'ds to do 
six months. 



Film Museum Opens 



Lo8 Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Wealthy Harry Croker'a Motion 
Picture Museqm in Hollywood 
opened under the glare of several 
sun arcs and was resp6nded to by 
the usual throng of picture celebri- 
ties who manage to attend so they 
can see and be seen. 

Opening was an Invitation affair 
and Identified as a professional pre- 
view In an attempt to show those 
actually engaged in the making of 
pictures what the museum has to 
offer. It is trying to familiarize the 
public with the many cijirlositlea 
used in the making of pictures. 

Crocker, son of a San Francisco 
nrilllipnaire, has. turned a. hobby into 
a thlng.of usefulness and the dis- 
play of the many historical cos- 
tumes and studio props used in out- 
standing pictures of the past not 
only appeals to the professional but 
the tourist. 

Collection includes articles of 
every, description, some dating, baclc 
as'lfar as the beginning of pictures. 
A picture set, complete in every de- 
tail with wax figures stationed in 
the manner of the actual taking, of 
a picture, is displayed along with, 
exact duplications of various studio 
worl^ . shops. An admission of BO 
cents' will be charged. 



ACADEMY'S LANGUAGE MEET 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Academy of Motion Picture Arta 
and Sciences will hold a meeting of 
all sections Sept. 10- for a discussion 
of the influence of American talking 
pictures on the dIs.«!cmln.itlon of 
Icii 6 \\n edi^'^ of ~Er^^ 
countries. 

Mooting will bo addressed by 
.uitlioritlp.M on language instructioni. 



Nat Rothstein Sails 

For. "rofreshlng new Ideas on 
showmanship" is the explanation 
whli'h .'K'ompQnled the exodus to 
' ]-:uvo]>Ci Fri'iay (Aug; 31) of Nat 
J Itoth.stcin, U'h advertising head. 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Los Angeles Easing Off Talkers? 

I Opening at Warners 





Grosses Are Good but Off From Preceding Dialog 
Films— 'Godless Girl/ $13,600— *Oh Kay/ $23,500 



I" 



L,us Angeles, Sept. 4. 

(Drawing Pojsulatipn, 1,450,000) 
Weather: Very Warip 

Any time they open a new picture 
et Wai'ners now tlie house leads the 
town. That • happened again last 
week with "The Terror." However, 
it hit about $6,000 behind the Initial 
week of J^Lights of New York" at 
$29,000, which isn't overly heavy. 

Next money went to the Metro- 
politan, where another Vita, "Mid- 
night Taxi," Was oh the screen. 
Gross here was about $l,ft0O below 
the Hollywood house, and compara,- 
tively is. a. rather poor showing for 
a talker at this time. 
• Grauman's Chinese and "White 
Shadows" managed to keep over 
$25,000, arid for its seventh week 
"Lilac Time," at the Carthay Circle, 
was - beyond $10,000. . This one has 
about four weeks more, "Mother 
Knows Best,", anothet Fox opus, be- 
ing carded for Oct. 1. 

Colleen Moore's "Oh Kay" was at 
Loew's State" with , F. & M.'s "Ar- 
tists and Models" Idea/ Stagre show, 
one of best house has had in a long 
time. Bill got off to a fair start, and 
Avith afternooii weather against it 
held, up In good shape, though more 
than $4,000 behind the Met. 

"Godless Girl," at the Biltmdre, 
picked up bit over its first week. 
Egyptian ti-ade seems to be pledged 
to Benny Rubin with "Wheel of 
Chance" really mea.hing nothing at 
the box office. Trade jumped about 
if440 at the Boulevard, where War- 
ners' "Brass Knuckles'? was on the 
screen and Red Corcoran,, a. new F. 
& M. m. c, on the. stage. 

':Man Who La,ughs" wound up its 
stay at United Artist^ by just 
skimming over the red mark; and 
for the second week of "Street An- 
gel," at the Criterion, a slip of about 
$2,000 was registered. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Biltmore (Erlanger) — "Godless 
Girl" (Pa,the) (1,550; 50-$1.60), Viery 
nice for second week; $13,600. 

Boulevard (W. C.) — "Brass 
Knuckless" T (WB) (2,164; 25-50). 
Sort of liked this one here as well 
as F. & M. stage show, total $5,900. 

Carthay Circle (W. C.-Miller)— 
"Lilac Time" and sound (FN) . (1,- 
(500; 50-$1.50). With Sunday before 
holiday helping, around $11,500, 
okay. 

Criterion (W. C.)— "Street Angel" 
and Movietone (Fox) (1,600; 25-75). 
Second week here with other Movie- 
tone help; $7,600. 

Egyptian (U. A-.-W.C.)— "Wheel 
oC Chance" (FN) (l.SOO; 25-75). 
Honors here will go to Benny Rubin 
for draw; Barthelmesa picture didn't 
moan much: around $9,000. 

Graunnan's Chinese (U. A.) — 
"White Shadows" and sound (M-G) 
^1,958; 50-$1.50). For fourth week 
niglits were sell outs; around $25,- 
500. 

Loew's State (W. G.-Loew)— "Oh 
Kay" (FN), Movietone and F. M. 
stage show (2,242; 25-$l). Colleen 
Moore still great downtown bet; 
near $23,500, 

Metropolitan (W. C.-rub)— "Mid- 
night Taxi" and Vita (WB) (3,595; 
25-75), Another ta.lker, -with Publix 
stage .show nothing to brag about; 
Ju.st fair for talker; $27,500. 

United Artists (U. A.)— "Man 
Who Laughs" and sound (U) (2,- 
100; 25-$l). Fairly good final week; 
$12.000.. 

Warner Bros. — "The Terror" and 
Vit{\ (WB) (2,750; 25-75). For first 
week 100 per cent talker did nicely, 
though hot coming lip to mnflr Ketr 
hy preceding talker; around $29,000 



Fox's Dog Problem 

■ Lbs Angeles. Sept. .4. 

P^ox is confronted with a problem 
of feeding a kennel of , Alaskan mal- 
aniute dogs. The studio started 
oiit with 12 full-grown hu.skics a» 
year ago for "Frozen Justice," which 
has. not yet been completed. 

The dogs were, sent to Arrow- 
head Lake, where tlie climate is 
cold, . and have increased in num- 
bers. The dogs cannot be disposed 
of until the picture Is completed. 



Thompson's Comedy for "Bread" 

Lb.s Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Harlan Thompson, Fox scenarist 
who arrived here last week, wiis 
dispatched within 24 hours to 
=Ja^j:^tJfleld . . Ore ■ , . wh er e 1 ye . Is t o j^n - 
ject , comedy into "Our Dfiify 
Bread." 

W. Murnau is directing. 



From Gadsden to Daly 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Claiming a general disadvantage 
"With the public In pronouncing her 
rame. .Tacquellne Gadsden ha.s 
changed it to Jane Daly, 

Miss Duly i.s a contract pljiycr 
With M-G-M. 



SOUND IS MAKING IT 
a)ODEORYABDE,,K.C. 



$20,000 for "Night Watch"— 
Pan, $14,000— Town Likes = 
Its Stage Shows 



Kansas City, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 700,000) 
Weather: Cool and Fair 

Surprise was the lncrea;sed busi- 
ness done by Tantages with ' Pori 
of Missing Girls." Several weeks 
advance publicity with a niitty radio 
announcement daily the preceding 
week, and other special stunts, cre- 
mated interest. 

Billie Dove in "The Night Watch" 
was the Mainstreefs' puller and 
they came. Miss Dove is a draw 
here. At the Midland "Four Walls" 
failed to drag 'em in: as expected. 
Following the house has built up 
misses the stage shows . and the 
sound pictures do not satisfy. . 

Newman closed Friday night until 
Sept, 14 when it will reopen with 
new seats 'n everything, including 
talkers, ' It is more than likely a 
stage show of some kind will be 
carried. Globe, which held "Street , 
Angel" for a second week, did not 
fare so well and opened yesterday 
with "Uncle Tom's Cabin'' and 
sound. With . the advent of fhe 
talkers those houses offering vaude 
report business builrMng and that 
they are securing better talent, 
Estimates for Last Week 

Mainstreet (Orph) (3,200; 25-50) 
"The Night. Watch" (FN), Plenty 
of action and Billie Dove's followers 
happy; stage show one of the best 
for weeks; Manager Lawrence Leh- 
man reports many acts booked for 
early dates In the Orpheum, which 
has not opened, will -oome to the 
Mainstreet; $20,000, 

Loew's Midland "Four Walls" (M- 
G) (4,000; 25-35-50). . Third week 
of sound and talker policy, although 
feature picture' was neither; busi- 
ness hardly normal; nights off 
throughput week, but the . 25 and 35 
cent mats dreW the femmes;. $19,000. 

Pantages "Port, of Missing Girls" 
(Col.) (2,200; 25-50). If thei-e were 
any fans in this drawing territory 
who did not know of the attraction 
It was not the fault of the man- 
agement; reams of written, printed, 
verbal and radio publicity; stage 
show indicates grade of vaude get- 
ting. better; $14,000. 

Newman "The First Kiss" (Par) 
(1,890; . 25-35-50). Last picture for 
the house under old policy; theatre 
.goes dark for a couple of weeks; 
businc.ss nothing to brag about; $4.- 
500. . 




THE SOCIAL SEASON 

New Tork has "taken to", Meyer 
Davis— practiciilly monopoilizing his 
metropolitan orchestras. 

Joe Moss, in charge of New York 
territory for Meyer Davis, who 
directs Meyer Davis Orchestras at 
many debutante an& other private 
parties, has already obtained SOLID 
BOOKINGS for the sociar season— 
every night and many „ af ternoohs 
from October , to the Lenten period. 



State Fair Didn't Help 
Milwaukee; Wis,, $20,000 



Milwaukee, Sept. 4, 
(Drawing Population, 650,000) 
Weather: Fair and Cool 

With grosses growing better as 
coole^ weather axTives, the open 
seas^bS" is" ofi/^vlth th e manager s -an d 
owners at each other's throats. Last 
week saw the business just fair. 
The state fair detracted rather than 
attracted. Possibly the leaders were 
the Wisonain, with .."Four Walls," 
iind "State Streof Sadie" at the 
Garden. The Merrill and Strand 
were Just on the street, while' the 
vaude-picture combos mopped up 
better than any ; film house, . 

Friday saw the Majestic (Brlh) 
open witli "Cardboard Lover" and 
the.Alham.bra with "Ladies of the 
Mob." Saturday the Strand followed 
with "Street Angel" and Movietone, 
giving the rialto two wired houses. 

Both the Davies film and "Street 
Angel" opened big, with Bow just 
so-so. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Garden (Brin)— "State Street 
Sadie" and Vita (WB) (1,200; 25- 
50-75). Did niiglity well for one 
week; state lair hurt a little and 
gross was down to $8,000, but plenty 
oC profit. 

Merrill (Fox)— "ricllship Bronson" 
JCel)_ a-2P0x_ J0-J!5-^)^_ Another 
flop;" liardly KiVbiigH fo niuRe'~it' 
worth Wliiie to stiiy open; under 
$3,500. 

Palace CKcilh) ~ "Man Made 
Women" (Putho) (3.400; 25-50-75). 
(Jreat busine.ss, with stage respon- 
.sll)le for biggest ))ortion of draw; 
over $21,000. 

Riverside (Keith) — "Fleetwing" 
(FBO) (3,000; 10-25-40-50), One 
hou.«ie the fair Iiol])od; played WLS 
(radio) sliow hojit troupe and got 
arotind $12,000. 

Strand tl''y,\; -"Wright Idea" and 



Open Shop Topeka Opening 
2 Honses Despite Unions 



Topeka, Sept; 4: 
(Drawing Population, 85,00Q) 
Weather: Fair and Cool 

Weath'er had more effect on To-r 
peka theatres this week thian a 
walkout by union ttiuslclaris, opieria- 
tors and stage hands. The weather 
boosted biislness, and th(£ closed shop 
order by the managers seemed to 
have nb effect at all. Topeka is fast 
becoming an dpen shop town, the 
Santa Fe railway, the town's biggest 
employer, having established open 
shop flie years iago with printers 
and other trades following. 

A new phase on the Topeka union 
labor situation was introduced by 
the announcement of National The- 
atres that its negro . house, the Pial- 
ace, would open Thursday with a 
complete crew^ of negro musicians, 
operators and negro manager. It's 
the first time in any local theatrical 
labor trouble that a new hou.se has 
been opened. To make it more ef- 
fective the same company announces 
the reopening of. th© Isls theatre for 
second runs Septi 17. 

Personal, appearances helped in 
making business at the Jayhawk 
this week, Virginia Lee Corbin hold- 
ing the stage the first half, and 
Cameo, the Mack Sertnett dog, the 
last half. The dog put on the best 
show but Virginia, frot the bulk of 
the business on the strength of lobby 
displays of the screen bud in her 
undies. . 

Another surprise of the week was 
the a,bsolute flop of the "Circus;" 
The kids liked it, but kids at a dime 
a throw don't pile up box office to- 
tals. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Jayhawk (1,600; 40) (Jayhawk)— 
"Bare Knees" first tliree days with 
Virginia Lee Corbin in person a hit; 
Cameo, Mack "Sennett comedy dbg, 
with "The Vanishing Pioneer"; Vir- 
ginia piled up the biggest amount 
of the'week's draw; $3,400. 

Orpheum (1,200; 40) (National)— 
"The Circus" (U. A.). Started light 
and continued that way; wcelc's to- 
tal poorest in two months, barely 
over $1,200. 

Novelty (1,100; 40) (Crawford); 
Snappy vaude bills and mediocre 
pictures didn't hold: enough for the 
second week of new combo policy 
slipped $200; "Three Ring Marriage,'' 
first half, and "So This Is Love," 
lasst half; total $2,300. 

Cozy (400; 25) (Lawrence)— "The 
News Parade" (Fox). Took a lick- 
ing first half ,of week; here too 
soon after "Hot News"; la.st three 
days with "Road House" (Fox), fair 
but nothing to cheei* about; $800. 

Best (550; 20) (Lawrence). Roy 
"Bozo" Davis and hla Sunkist Step- 
pers idipped the last week of tlieir 
month's return engagementtr' turning 
in a total, of barely |800; "Jiggs" 
Downard, with another tab, returns 
for his second round. 



Boston Grosses 

Boston, Sept. A. 

Business in the picture houses 
here was not affected by weather 
conditions. 

Metropolitan did $42,n0d with 
"3^e,^.J?irat_KlJi$;j_ ^Pnr)_ and the 
State did about |'l^;^00 Taf nfTie 
week with ,Tohn B?irrymore in "The 
Tempest" (U.A.). 



"Heart Trouble" (FN) fl,200; 25-50). 
Double feature failed to click; prob- 
ably will go better, now that house 
is wired; not $3.oao, 

Wisconsin (Fox) — "Four Wiills" 
fM-G) (2,800; 25-35-nO-GO) . Class 
of street for movie gro.sses; al^'ovo 
$20,000. 



Warfield Gets $36,000 
With 'Dance' and Wolf 



San I'YancIsco, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 756,000) 

Another Wairfleld week among the 
downtown palaces. They thought 
-they had hung up a record several 
weeks ago by topping $35,000, but 
the last seven days with "The Red 
Dance" and . chiefly Rube Wolf's 
homecoming, even topped that a 
little. 

Up the street the Granad(i fared 
better than it has for some months 
with "The. River Pirate." 

The Embassy brought in a new 
talker, "Women They Talk About," 
but didri'Jt fare a^ well In the initial 
seven days as did the film that pre- 
ceded it. , Business, hoAvever, was 
highly satisfactory. 

"King of Kings," at the St. Fran- 
cis, first showing at regular feature 
prices here, was hot so hot. Busi- 
ness proved profitable but nothing 
to get excited about. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Warfield— "The Red Dance" (Fox) 
and F. & M. unit (2,672; 35-50-90); 
Dolores Del Rio and Charles Farrell 
meant something at the box office 
but real magTiet Rube Woirs re- 
turn; business exceeded all past 
records; close to $36,000. 

Granada — "The River Pirate" 
(Fox) and Publix unit. (2,785; 35- 
50-65-90). Started off well and 
maintained good stride; exceeded 
most grosses for several inonths; 
about $23;50O. 

Embassy — "Women They Talk 
Abour* and Vita (WB) (Igt week) 
(1,^67; 50-65-90). Away ' to fair 
start but not as big as preceding 
talker; $16,000. 

St. Francis — ^"King of Kings" 
(Pathe) (1st week) (1;375; 35-50- 
65-90). First pop price showing not 
so hot although clicked profitably; 
about; $13,000. 

Clara Bow in "The Fleet's ; In" 
broke the hoodo at the Graiiada 
when shattering the week-end house' 
record. Gri^uiada has beeii in the red 
almo&t consistently for the past 
year. Labor Day week-end grossed 
$18,06.6, more than many full week 
grosses at this house. 



TO" $18,000, SEATTLE; 
mNGS' GETS $13,000 

"Betsy," $8,000 in 4th Wk.— 
"Red Dance,'' $15,000— 
"Sadie," $8,250 



Seattle, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 500,000) 
Weather: Cool 

A feW warm days but cool nights, 
so the weather was iii league with 
the showman. Greater Movie Sea- 
son is off to a good.' start a.nd is 
proving more tha.n merely a phrase. 
Ace houses are getting the crowds. 
It looks as though the Seattle . is 
getting into the pay column with 
its reduced nut. Fifth Avenue also 
seems to click with the sound pic- 
tures and Hermle King. ' , 

Columbia stepped up with the 
first pop-priced showing here of 
"King of Kings." ,^aude and dra- 
matic houses running along at fair- 
ly even tenor. , , 

Suburban houses are complaining. 
Some of the ace neighborhoods are 
doing well, but most are suffering. 
Folks seem to prefer to pay a few 
dimes more and see the pictures 
sooner and under better conditions 
downtown. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Seattle (WC-Pub-L) (3,100; 25- 
60)— -Oh Kay" (FN). Colleen Moore 
always gets her share in. this town; 
Gene Morgan sells the F. & M. show, 
but the "Doggone" idea not so dog 
gone good; $18,000.- ■ - .^-^^ 

Fifth Ave. (WC) (2,700; 25-60)^ 
"Red Dance" and .sound (Fox). At- 
tracted and pleased; Hermie King 
band augmented with return of Os-i- 
car Taylor, popular singer here;' 
$15,500. 

Coliseum (WC) (1,80.0; 25)— "Road 
to Romance'.' (M-G). . Not so good 
and biz off; $4,800. 

Columbia (U) (1,000; 25-75) — 
"King .of Kings" (Patlie). Orciit biz 
and in for run; $.13,000. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (950; 50- 
75)— "State Street Sadie" and Vita 
(WB). Held but two weeks; biz 
good but not warranting longer run; 
?8.'J50. 

Music Box (Hamrick) (1,000; 56- 
75)— "Gloriou.s Betsy", and Vita 
(WB). Final and fourth week; 
everyone liked it; $8,000. 

Winter Garden (U chain) (650; 
25)— "Riding 'V for Fame" (U). 
Clientele likes westerns; fair; 
$2.500,. 

Pantages (1,500; 25-60)— "Anyone 
Here Seen Kelly" (U). Names of 
/rom^JtfppXe_^aird^3«?sieJ[jq^ in 
lights ana helped; house Bt'edming^ 
for personal, appearance next week 
of M!\e Mm-rny 58.100. 

Orpheum (2,700; 25-$l) — "Sere- 
nade" (Par). Adolphe Menjou 
played up and draw lair; Ix)u Tollc- 
gen featured on vaude end; better at 
$!t.«00. 

President fDuffy) (1,800; 25-$1.25). 
"The Ruined Lady" (Duffy Players).. 
Marjorie Ramhoau continues in 
lead; drawing nicely and star held 
J over anoiher month; $;i,f)00. 



TIRST KISS," $26,000; 
BALTO'S 0. K. SUMMER 



"Warming Up" Weak at Stan- 
ley, $14,500— "Valencia," 
$3,800— Negri, $3,500 



Baltimore, .Sept. '4. 
(Drawing Population, 750,000) 
Weather: Hot . 

Local exhibs have just weathered 
the hottest summer in 27 yeais, and 
weathered it with excellent grosses. 
This applies particularly^ lb the 
Century. The • bigger Sta-nley* on 
the other hand, failed to make the 
b. o. grade over the summer months. 

Of the other houses the uptown 
Parkway, Loew_-U. A. follow-up 
spot, made the Best showing with- 
out a cooling systein. Valencia, 
moderate capacity site atop tlie Cen- 
tury, declined steadily. Inability to 
compete with downstairs big seater 
the chief reasoil. 

Fall season definitely opened Sat- 
urday night when the Metropolita.n 
reopened showing "Lights of New 
York'* simultaneously with the 
downtown Rlvoli. The Auditorium, 
former Shubert legit, entered the 
.screen game temporarily with Uhi- 
versal's "Man Who Laughs." House 
is to go dramatic stoCk Sept. 17 so 
will nq.t be a winter film house 
competitor. 

Last week added four more days 
of 90Tin-thc-shd,de and around mid- 
week business wilted everywhere. 
"The First Kiss" at the Centui^r at- 
tracted exceptional Interest because 
of local significance of story and 
bia,c^^ound. When the company 
was on location aerQss the bay last 
spring the local papers covered it 
handsCmcly and tliere was advance 
interest. "Street Angel," in Its 
fourth ja.nd final week at the New, 
hung up another local record, get- 
ting for the run the biggest pic- 
ture gross in the history of the 
house. 

"Warming Up" failed to warm the 
big: Stanley^ patronage and, coming 
in on the heels of the remarkably, 
successful "Lilac Time," was a de- 
cided flop. "Beau Broadway," at 
the Valencia, was just fair, while 
"Loves of an Actress" at th6 Pa,rk- 
way, failed to live up to the promise 
of its downtown showing alt the 
Century, "The combo Garden, with 
"No Other Woman" on the screen, 
and. Jay Flippen's unit on the stage, 
had a good week. Rlvoli, with "If 
I Wore Single," got a satisfactory 
live days. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Century (Loew) "The First Kiss" 
(I'ar) (3,200; 25-CO). Started with 
a rush; mid-week heat slowed ft up 
but comeback last half was strong; 
finished out in front for summer 
record ; company was on location 
near here for story; $26,000. . 

Stanley (Stanley, Crandall, Loew) 
"Warming Up" and sound (Par) 
(3,600; 25-50).. Regarded as sport; 
film and had little matinee f cmme 
appeal; mats the problem hei e; not 
over $14,500. 

New ( Whitehursts) "Street An- 
gel" and Movietone (Fox) (1,800; 
25-50). Fourth and last week 
broke all house records for single 
picture's total gross; first of sound 
in this tlieatre and now committed 
to runs with Fox product; "Four 
Sons" followed Monday; last week 
of "Angel" in spite of cooling .sys- 
tem; $8,500. ' 

Riyoli (Wilson Amusement Co.) 
"If I Were Single" (WB) (2,100; 
25-6,0). A five, day run, "Streets 
of N. Y." opening Saturday night; 
put in as atop gap waiting arrival 
of lirst all talker; pleased but 
lacked b. o. punch. 

Auditorium (Schanbergei s) "Man 
Who Laughs" (U) (25-$l). In for 
two weeks, but found one plenty; 
TilnV, iir si>if e^ of " f aVoTible' C^ 
by press, failed to develop b. o. 
power'in face of heat; good opening 
Saturday and pretty good finish en- 
abled film to gross around $5,00.0 
for seven days; "Uncle Sam" (U) 
followed Monday. House goe.s stock 
Sept. 17. . . 

" Valencia (Loew-U. A.) "Beau 
Broadway" (M-G) (1,500; . 25-50). 
Intake pretty consistent but not, 
oiatstanding; house definitely out of 
the big show competition and must 
robtjlid patronage for pop price all- 
picture program; about $3,500, heat 
hurting. 

Nevi/ Garden (Schanberger.s) "No 
Other Woman" (Fox) and K-A 
vaude . (3,200; ,26-50). House now 
getting unit shows a.nd bidding for 
trade! that likes stage stuff with 
its pictures; did business; being 
wired to take on talkers, especially 
.shorts; about $12,000, up and satis- 
factory. 

Parkway (Loew-U. A.) "Loves of 
an Actress" (Par) and sound (1.000; 

results were looked" for in viPw^df' 
good showing at Century; nbout $^.- 
500. 



Michigan's $65,600 

Detroit, Sept. 4. 
Kunsky's Michigan went to a record 
here last week by doing $G5,C00 with 
tho "Our Gang" kids on the .'^t.me. 

Former top was $63,000. iu-ld l-y 
Paul Wliiteman 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



-8 




"Patriot: $44,300, 2d Wk.; Par, $71, 
Roxy Has Totaled $868,000 in 7 Weeks 



"BETSY," $12,000, PROV. 

Bow $10,200 at Strand — Stock Troup; 
$10,000 — Chaney $6,000 



Gilbert's Hold Over, $62,500— "Submarine's" $6,200 
Smart — "4 Devils" at Giaiety September 10 



Considering that last week in- 
cluded two broiling hot days gfoases 
in the Broadway movie parlors were 
eminently okay; The Paramount 
with the sounded ''Sawdust Para- 
dise" at $71,800 and the Strand with 
"Oh, Kay" at $29,3.0.0 were the weak 
(Bisters. 

There wore nine sound pictures 
between 53d and 42d streets: "The 
Terror," "Four Sons," "The Tem- 
pest," "Lilac mme." "White Shiad- 
bws," "Sawdust Paradise." "Air 
Circus," "Red Dance" and "The Pa- 
triot." The latest entry, "Air Cur- 
cus," is the first. Fox film to hold 
dialog. It will occupy the Gaiety 
only this week, moving to. the Globe 
to replace "The Red Dance." - At 
the Globe "Circus" can stay only 
until Oct. 8 when ho'u.<3e reverts to 
Charles Dillingham, "Four Devils" 
conies into the Gaiety Sept. 10. 

"Four Sons" grossed ^114,200 on 
ita third and final at the Roxy. In 
seven wc6ks, since the present cycle 
of Fox specials started, the house 
has . tilled approximately $868,000. 
Take for the three weeks of "Four 
Sons" was $389,000. 

"Th© Patriot" continues to do 
smash business at the Rialto, $44,- 
300. Columbia's second successive 
picture at 'the Embassy, "Sub- 
Inarine," opened Thursday night and. 
gathered a smart $6,200, inclusive of 
Sunday. Picture looks good, 

"Dawn" held over at the Cameo 
when accomplishing $8,100 and a 
third week Is. probable. House has 
following for foreign films. "The 
Terror,'' at Warnefs, hovered around 
$20,500. 

No doubt about the public being 
ipretty well sharpened up. on sound 
pictures. That .they are picking 
their sound is indicated by the pass- 
ing up of "Sawdust Paradise," at 
the I'arnmount, 

Estimates for Last Week 
Astor— "Whit© Shadows" and 
fcound (M-G-Cojamo) (1,129; $l-$2) 
(6th. week). Grooved for run; again 
around $20,000. ^. 

Cameo— "Dawn" (Selwyn) (549; 
50-75) (2d week). English-made 
films have done well at. this house; 
started here at $8,100; holding over 
and maybe third week. 

Capitol— "Four Walls" (M^G) (4,- 
620; 35^0-75-$l-$1.60). John Gil- 
bert ana Chaney two weekers reg- 
ularly aLt this house; if Gilbert slip- 
ping with flaps holdover 'week's 
$62,500 no corrohoration. 

Central — "Lilac Time' and. sound 
(F.N.) (922; $l-$2) (5th week). 
Heat knocked down gross a few 
hundred from previous week but 
still potent at $15,600. 

Criterion— "Wings" (Par.) (836; 
$l-$2) ^(56th wfeek). Aviation Is 
noy^ the theme of three films play- 
ing on Broadway to reserved scats; 
strong; $13,200 last week. 

Embassy — "Submarine" (Col.) 
(696; $l-$2) (2d week). Drew good 
notices and started off smartly; 
Columbia has new rental arrange- 
ment with M-G-M permitting in- 
definite continuance; first tliree 
days $6,200. 

Gaiety — "Air Circus" and Movie- 
tone (Fox) (808; $l-$2) (Ist week). 
No love interest and kid hero will 
handicap; has 15 minutes of inter- 
polated dialog;" opened Saturday 
matinee; week-end Including Mon- 
day, $5,600; moves to Globe Sept. 
.10; "Four Devils" (Fox) here. 

Globe — "Red Dance" and Movie- 

teiieTtFoxTi' 11,416 r"*!^^^ 
week). Out this week with ^'Air 
Circus" moving over for balance of. 
Fox lease to Oct. 8; "Dance" quoted 
at $12,300. 

Paramount — "Sawdust Paradise" 
and sound (Par.) (3,666; 40-65-75 
$1). Sound not the expected magic 
with so-^so picture; got $71,800; 
Paul Ash returning to Chicago 
gives house Clara Bow's "The 
Fleet's In," originally slated for 
Rivoli, Sept. 29.. 

Rialto — ''Patriot" and sound 
(Par.) (1,960; 35-50-75-$l) (3d 
week). Emil Jannlngs' . picture 
wowing; $44,300 following previous 
week's record $61,400. 

Rivoli — ^"Tempest" and sound 
(UA) (2,200; 35-50-76-$l) .(2d 
week). Displaying plenty of mag- 
netism with Barrymore name; 
counted $39,700; "Two Lovers" 
(UA) next. 

Roxy — "Four Sons" and Movie- 
tone (Fox) (6,206; 50-75-$l-$i.50) 
This is the season of plenty at the 
lioxy; three weeks for "Four Sons," 
--following = ^our-^Dr-=^"Stree^•^AlrBX^l7 
makes $808,000 for seven weeks; 
la.st week of "Sons," $114,200; 
"Faxil" current. 

Strand— "Oh, Kay" (FN) (2,900; 
85-50-GG-75). "House of Talkies" 
not speaking last week; Colleen 
Moore 'not strong on Broadway; 
$29,300. 

Warners— "The Terror" and Vita 
(WB) (1,360; $l-$2) (4th week) 
Dialog my.stery melo holding up; 
quoted $J0,500. 



WS' $22,000 HOLDS 
IT OVER IN PORTLAND 



"Sunrise," $14,000 — Pan, 
$12,000— Portland, $17,000 
With Colleen 



. Portland. Ore, Sept. . 3. 
(Dravying Population, 310,000) 
Impetus of Greater Movie Season 
continued to hold up box offices. A 
now factor here is the John Britz 
opera company which opened at the 
auditorium this week end showing 
the Hungarian opera "Sari." Britz 
season stays four weeks. 

Henry Duffy Players have closed 
until Sept. 28. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Portland (ji*ublix-W.e;) (3.500; 
35 fo 60 "Oh Kay" (FN). Drew well 
and registei-ed big; F, and M- 
"Spangles" a lavish production; 
$17,000. 

Broadway (W. C.) (2,000; 35 to 
60) "Sunrise" and Movietone (Fox). 
Big success here; Movietone News 
and Stohl band; $14,000. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,000; 35-50) 
"None but the Brave," screen fea- 
ture; $12,000. 

Oriental (Tebbetts) (2,700; 50c). 
Pricesi raised, from usual 25 to 35 
for "ilncle Tom's Cabin" (U) ; . ex- 
ploitation resulted In great biz; $22,- 
000 arid holds over. House denies 
Orpheum vaudeville coming In here. 

Columbia (U) "Jazz Mad." OkaJ 
with $5,000. 

Heilig (26 to $1.25). Final week 
of Duffy Players; May. Robson in 
third .week • pf "Rejuvenation of 
Auht Mary"; new Duffy' company 
reopens Sept. 28; $5,500. 



"Fazil" and "Angel" Do 
$45,500, Minneapolis 



Minneapolis, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 475,000) 
Weather: Favorable 

Fox had his inning here last week 
for the first time in many a moon. 
Playing at the Minnesota and State, 
"Fazil" and ^'Street Angel" held the 
center of the rialto and both offer- 
ings did corking business. 

"Fazil" fell just a trifle short of 
equaling "Four Walls" the preceding 
week, but breezed through to $33,000 
at the Minnesota. "Sti*eet Angel" 
was the second picture to run a 
fortnight at the State, the other 
having been "Lights of New York." 
It outdistanced the latter both in 
total and second week gross, getting 
around $12,500 for its final seven 
days. First week was $23,000, big- 
gest the house ever enjoyed next to 
"Ja«z Singer." 

After a $16,000 week with Mac 
Murray In person, Pantages experi- 
enced a considerable drop. Eva 
Tangiiay, however, demonstrated 
that she still possesses drawing 
power by giving the theatre a much 
better than average weelc Gross 
hit. around $7,500, as compared with 
the $6,000 and under .usually done 

here.- — - _v.^ — . — 

Estimates for Last Week 

Minnesota (F. & R.-Pubiix) (4,- 
100; 65) "Fazii:* (Fox) and Publix 
unit. Picture and stage show okay; 
good box office; $33,100. 

State (F. & R.-PubUx7 (2,300; 60) 
"Street Angel" and Movietone (Fox) 
and "Gems from the Opera,'' stage 
show. Picture ai knockout here; on 
heels of $23,000 first week, got $12,- 
500 for second and final seven days. 

Hennepin - Orpheum (Orpheum) 
(2,890; 50) "Beyond London Lights" 
(FBO) and vaud©. ' . Sessue Haya- 
kawa in person. Screen and stage 
.star brought in customers; about 
$12,500, good.- 

Pantages (Pantages) (1,600; 25- 
50) "High. School Hero" (Fox) and 
vaude. Eva Tanguay helped busi- 
ness; $7,500. 

Lyric (Publlx-F. & R.) (1.300; 
3.">) "Doom.sday," first half; "Half 
a Bride," second half. Pictures okay 
but biz just so-so; around $1,500. 

Grand (F. & R.) (1.100; 25) "For- 
bidden Hours" (M-G). Second loop 
fiih'-fain7""grt1:l?if?trtory:"^$500 . " 



rrovidcncp, S<^'I>1- 4. 
(Drawing Population, 300,000) 
Weather: Hot 

A yen for good show fare boostoil 
lii'/ hero to .a high mark despite ho 
weather. Big ad spreads for holi- 
day openihgs also helped. 
' Labor Day legit openings includcMl 
the second showing here of "Gooii 
News" at the Opera House, the pre- 
mier? of the Modern Stock Com- 
pany (Fay) for the fall and win toi 
season and introduction, of -con- 
densed musicals . lit the Carlton 
(Fay). For the first itmo . in .2S 
years the Albee is' holding ovpi 
.stock for the' month of Septon;iber. 

Sound pictures at the Majestir 
(Fay) continue to stand 'em up. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Albee (K-A-O) (2,500; 20-$!' 
"She Couldn't Say No" (stock). 
I'Yothy enough to pleas©, with ther- 
mometer clowning; good at $10,000. 

Majestic (Fay)' (2.200; 15-75.; 
"(Glorious Betsy' and Vita (WP.). 
Turned 'em away first of week and 
.stood 'em last half; strong at $1:^,- 
000. 

Victory (K-A-O) (1,500: 16-50) 
"Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (M-G). HoL 
wc-ather hurt but Chan ey's pull drew 
5G,000. 

Fay's (Fay) (2,300;. 16-50) "Fly- 
ing Komeos" (FN) and vaude. Any 
blll'here seems to draw capacity; 
around $10,000. 

Strand (Ind) (2,000; .15-50) 
"Ladies of the Mob" (Par). Clara 
good. for. $10,200. 

Rialto (Fay) (1,400; 15-30) Victor 
McLaglen a,nd Louise Fazerida high 
spots on three change bill; fair at 
$1,700, 



Dix and Sound, $48,000 at Chicago; 
laxi" $300 Under "Sadie s ' 4th Week 



Tbink Town Starting to Shop on Talkers— -"Tempest" 
$34,000, Big— Oriental, $39,000, Barthelmess 



GARBO HOLDS OVER IN 
CAPITAL'S OFF WEEK 



"Mysterious Lady" Over $10r 
000— Fox Skids, $17,200— 
Palace, $18,000, Keaton 



Washington, Sept. 4. 

(Estimated White Pop., 450,000) 
Weather: Rainy and Hot 

Everything did a brodie last week 
with the exception of "The Mysteri 
ous Lady" at the Columbia. This 
picture did so well as to get a sec 
ond week. 

Palace business, with "Steamboat 
Bill, Jr.," was comfortably high but 
$5,000 under the reported figure of 
the previous ."weeki 

Fox business dropped, too, with 
"Beware of Married Men." Plunge 
here was more than $5,000, thus 
giving the Loew house the top fig- 
ure for the week. Metropolitan was 
fair with "Loves of an Actress," 
sound apparently saving it. Earle 
held fairly well considering. "Vami>- 
ing Venus" was the feature but 
Anatole Friedland's revue got a 
major portion of the credit, 

A teirific rain the opening Satur- 
day night is responsible for the major 
portion of the drops recorded. In 
the Fox and Palace It stopped prac- 
tically all business that night. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Columbia (Loew) — "Mysterious 
Lady" (M-G) (1,232; 35-GO). 
Jumped summer takings; everybody 
happy with count above $10,000; 
held over. > 

Earle (Stanley-Crandall) — "Vamp- 
ing Venus" (F.N.) and Friedland's 
Revue (2,244; 3fr-B0)t- Under pre- 
vious week; Friedland's revue get- 
ting plenty of comment as stage 
attraction; final Count possibly $11,- 
000. 

Fox (Fox) — "Beware of Married 
Men" (W.B.) and stage show (3,- 
433; 35-50-75). A dlsssapointment; 
$17,200. . . - : 

Met (Stanley-Crandall) — "Loves 
of an Actress" and sound (Par) 
(1.B18; 35-50). If It hadn't been for 
sounds heavily featured, count 
would have been 'way down; 
women seemed to like it; near $9,- 
000 and above previous sjlent pic- 
tured. 

Palab© (Loew) — "Steamboat Bill, 
Jr.," (U.A.) and Loew-Publlx sUge 
unit "Wonderful GW (2i36G; 35- 
50). Took a dr6p but still riding 
high, $18,000. 



"4 Devils" at Gaiety; 
— Globe Gels-^Air Circus" 



TORONTO'S GOOD WEEK; 
r $12i5O0-$ll,000 TOP 

Barthelmess' 4th Picture in 8 
Wks. 0. K.— British^Made 
Out After Two Weeks 



CENTRAL WILI GET "BARKER" 

PMrst National's present inten- 
tion is to eventually follow "Lilac 
Time" at the Central, New York, 
with "The Barker" and "The Divine 
Lady" in that order, 

. Company has the house under an 
option which can b« oonsistently 
renewed. 



Toronto, Sept. 4. 
(Orawinig Population,, 700.000) 
. Weather: Fair and Warm 

Tourists saved the town from a 
had week, biit the Canadian Na- 
tional ExhibUon was stiff opposi- 
tion. 

Loew's, getting a 50 per cent In- 
crease in afternoon . biz because of 
the visitors, was out in fiont at $12,- 
50O for '"The Mysterious Lady" and 
the - Hippodrome Avas right behind 
with "Home James" at better than 
$11,000, Combined Increase of these 
two .over last week was $4,000. 

'IPatent Leather Kid,'' never re- 
leased as a program picture here 
bofore, was passed up by Ameri- 
cans in town, but the natives gave 
Pantages better than $10,000 and 
decided it was a good picture with 
a bit too much Americanl.sm for 
Canada. ... 

Fox Canadian News did a smart 
bit of work bn the women's section 
of the Third Wrigley Marathon In 
which Ethel Hertle grabbed $10,000. 
FOX had prints in all main stem 
houses Who wanted, them for next 
day's showing. All the , big h9U3es 
are selecting news stuff with greater 
care than formerly, and are at- 
tempting to get as many Canadian 
or British shots tis possible. 

"Mademoiselle from Armentieres" 
was a disappointment at the Tivoli, 
falling to $4,300 on' Its second week 
and giving way to "Out of the 
Ruins." English picture was ex- 
pected to go. a month and had been 
carefully nursed, along with bally- 
hoo on patriotic angles and a themo 
song. 

• This hoase marking time until 
talkers ready, maybe in October. 
"Patriot" opened to a lineup Sat- 
urday at the Uptown largely on the 
Jannlngs name. After one day pic- 
ture W.T.S provoking more talk than 
any flicker since "Beau Geste." 
"Michigan Kid" was Uptown's last 
of the regular season, closing Fri- 
day at $8,000, average week. Talk- 
ers also coming to this house, per- 
haps not before Christmas. 

When new FP house at Ottawa 
Is opened early In 1929, Uptown 
lilcelv to be production house for 
Publix stage units to play Toronto, 
Ottawa and Montreal. 

Neighborhoods better. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Loew's (2.300; 30-00)— "The Mys- 
terious Lady" (.M-G). Town leader 
at $12,500; be.st week in past month, 
despite opposition from Canadian 
National Exhibition. 

Hipp (FP) (2,G00^ 30-00)— "Home 
James" (U). Laura La Plante well 
liked here; vaud ahead of anything 
else locally; better than $11,000. 

Pantages (FP) (3,300; 30 -CO)— 
"Patent Leather Kid" (FN). Fourth 
Barthelmess picture here In two 
months and another slated for next 
week; satisfactory at $10,500; .star 
well liked, but picture felt too 
American for this town. 
. Uptown (FP) (3,000; 30-60) — 
"The Michigan Kid" (U). Suited 
most of regulars; fair at $8,000, 

Tivoli (FP)— "Mile, from Armen- 
tieres" (Br). Better things expected 
from this one; $4,500 finished it off 
in two weeks; Daley's Short stuff 
continues best in town and other 
houses trying to Imitate. 



"CHANCE," $4,100, TACOMA 

Pan $6,500— $1,750 for V Kay "— 
"Betsy" H500 in 2d Week 



Fox has the Gaiety, Nfew .York, 
under leaJ5e until the first of the 
year, extending Its sub-lease from 
Pathe until then. "Air Circus," cur- 
rent here, goes to the Globe the end 
of this week, with "Four Devils" 
coming into the Gaiety inimedlatclv. 
"iled Dancer" goes ouL 



Taooma, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 125,000) 
Weather: Fair and cooler 

Toby Leltch's Phxyers opened at 
the Heilig and are doing nicely at 
pop prices. Pantages contnlues to 
do real biz. and Blue Mouse litrbng 
with second week of "Glorlou.i 
Betsy." 

T " Eatim ate s ^'o r=--La st^W ee k=^-- 



Pantages (1,500; 25-50)— "Square 
C:r<)oks" (Fox). Good fit $G.ri()(). 

Rialto (WC) (1,250; . 23-50)- 
"Whfel T)f Chance" (FN). Fair with 
$4,100. 

Blue Mouse (Ilamrlok) . (650; 50 
73>— "Glorious BotsV and Vita 
(WB). Splendid, second week; 
$4,500. 

Colonial (WC) SfjO: 25) — "Oh 
Kay** (FN). Like CoUeert Moore 
and biz better; $1,750. 



Ctii(';m:o, .4. 
Weather:. Fair 

yiiuiiil pictures' reaohi-'d a ina- 
joriiy in. the Loop lu.st week for the, 
first- lihio, playing iii I'bur of the 
seven lirat-run stand;?. All were 
money lihns, but the downtown 
di.striot experieneed a letdown from 
l>revious higli powered activities 
iluring which three hou.se records 
were i)0|)ped' ofl' .'by special, stage 
at I factions. 

"Warming Up." Dix fe:it\ire, bap- 
tized the Chicago's wiio apparatus 
■la.st week and rated a sood but not 
startling $<18,000. Staf;o portion of, 
the bill was a non-draw entertain- 
ment. The Orpheum, pioneer talk- 
er house, hit ai'ouud $;i,000 with 
the first week of "MidnigiU Taxi." 
It's worth noting tliat this, house 
has not jerked a picture after ono 
week since installing Vitaphohe al- 
though tivis gross is'$3i>0 behind tho 
fourth week of "State Street Sadie"= 
here. May indicate town is starting 
to sliop for its talkers. 

"Tempest" displayed solid quality 
in its start at United Artists, 
knocking off $34,000. It should hold 
at le.ist two moi'c weeks to, a profit. 
Final week of "Lights of New 
York." eased to $20,t)00, and 
"Wings" followed in at McVicker's 
Friday. "Lights" had four big 
weeks in . the house, breaking the 
house record at opening with a 
gross in the high 4Q'a. 

"Lilac Time," another synchron- 
ized film, dropped quite a bit at the 
lioosevelt in its third week although 
Still plenty above the normal house 
figure. Oriental turned in a regu- 
lar good gross of $39,000 with "Out 
of the Ruins." V 

Estimates for Last Week 

Chicago (Publix)— "Warming Up" 
and sound (Par) (4,200; 50-75). 
First sound filnx to play the Loop's 
largest house, and bettering house 
average by $6,000 at $48,000; 
"Sunny Skies" Publix unit. 

McVicker's (Publix)— "Lights of 
New York" and Vita (W.B.) (2,- 
200; 50-75). Closed four- week run 
here Thursday with $26,000 final 
gross; opened above $40,000. 

Oriental (Publix)— "Out of the 
Ruins" (F.N.) (3,200; 35-75), 
Barthelme.ss feature held hou.se to 
good $39,000; "All Aboard" Publix 
unit. 

Orpheum (Warner) — "Midnight 
Taxi" and Vita (W.B.) (760; 50). 
Talker opened at around $9,000, 
warranting holdover but failing to 
show drawing power of previous 
sound, films here. 

Playhouse (MIndlln) — "Taras 
Vulda" (Arfa) "Gra.ss" (Par) (600; 
50-75), Double feature In sure 
seater showed slight drop; $2,500. 

Roosevelt (Publix)— "Lilac Time" 
and .soimd (F.N.) (1,700; 50-75). In 
third week $24,000, dropping from 
$31,500. Did $31,000 first week. 

State-Lake (Kcitli)— "Tho Red 
Mark" (Pathe) (L',500; 50-70). No 
assisting draw In vaude lineup; un- 
der previous satisfactory . week; 
$19,000. 

United Artists (U.A.)— "Tempest" 
(U.A.) (1.702; 35-75). First week 
of Barrymore feature high at $34.- 
000; house average about $25,000. 



"TEMPEST," $23,600 

Cowry , Saves Ambassador, |3B,000-> 
"Ruins" $21300 



St. Louis. Sept. 4. 
Drawing Pop.^ 900,000 

With the. four big picture palaces 
doing the most prosperous buMiness 
in their careers and the Bob Mur- 
phy m. c, regime at the St. Louis 
in a fair way to shatter records 
there, it' looks like a big night to- 
night for many a night. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Loew's State (3,300; 2r.-35-05) — 
"Tempest" (U.A.) and sound. 
Rated one of the year's host films. 
Clark and McCuilough hesid Movie- 
tone shorts. Stage presentation has 
been abandoned; $2;l,G00. 

Ambassador (Hltouras) (3,000; 
35-65) — "Acros.s the Atl.'tntic," onft 
of the season's siiliest film play.s; 
Ed Dowry and show saved the 
week; $3S,«00. 

^ rand Central f Skrnii-as) _ a.700 ; 
.'')0-75)— "Lflac Tinie" fl'T-S'T) "ahtl 
sound. Tl\ird week and still prov- 
ing' injpulaj-. 

Missouri (Skoura.M) ('3,800: 35-05) 
— "Out of tlio Riiin.H" fI'\.N'.), A 
disappointment to some of the 
critics; $21,800. 

8L Louis (4,280; 35-65)— "Home, 
James" (,U). Featuring Laura La- 
Plante and an unusually fine stage 
bill headed by Bob Mur))hy, m, c.,. 
now in his second week here; 



10 



VARIETY 



P I C.T U R E S 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



WARNERS STOCK LEAPS TO 118, 
SPRINGING TRAP ON SHORTS 



Stock Looks Near a Gorner^32 Listed Securities Up 
78 Points on Week— Fox, Par in New High 
Ground for All Time 



On. one trade of 1,500 shares War- 
ner. Bros, stock crossed 100 yester- 
day, and then, In spite of the post- 
ing' of call money at 8 per cent., con- 
tinued straight up to 118. : 
: ,Talk was heatd on the inside of 
negotiations being actively con- 
ducted in behalf of Warners for the 
acquisition of the Stanley chain. The 
temperamental Stanley stock had 
given some evidence of something 
stirring last week, when it . moved 
up from around 40 to a top frac- 
tionally under 50, for a net gain on 

the week of more than 9. Yester- 
day the drive , in this issue slowed 
down, and it held about even close 
to 49. 

Shorts Trapped 

Trapped Warner shorts probably 
accounted for the runaway advance. 
Stock looks like a technical corner. 
Stanley interests denied merger 
talk. . Warner side wouldn't discuss 

"it. Keith stocks were fairly ac- 
tive and dlstmctly strong all last 
week in spite of vague talk about 
a possible realignment in its ad' 
ministration. Yesterday Keith was 
quiet at 23. Pathe was remarkably 
aggressive on the upside, the' bonds 
crossing 80 in a straight climb from 
below 70, and the common selling 
above 7. Class A was easier yester- 
day at 27. 

Fox continued In Its belated surge 
forward 'with coming out of favor 

'able statement for the six months 
to June. These figures. If the gos- 
sip is to be believed, are merely a 
foretaste of what is possible in the 
coming year. Fox Is said to havb 
contracts in effect Sept. 1 from 
which It should realize sensational 
profits. Its grreatly expanded theatre 
holdings. are looked tp'to fit into, the 
organization profitably and esti- 
jnates are heard of a net for. the year 



from Sept. to Sept. of $14 a share 
on the listed issue. 

Par/8 Top at 144 

Paranioiint's behavior 'was char- 
acteristic. It got into new high 
ground at 144, but instead of surg- 
ing right along from there, checked 
and ba.cked and filled for several 
days, always holding close to its 
gained ground. With, the return to 
the market of the public on spec- 
ulation Par. should enjoy a large 
share, of bullish attention. Experi- 
ence of other leading Issues that 
have split, indicates a keen appe- 
tite on the part of the public for 
stocks of this kind.' Outsiders are 
attracted by the low priced, basis 
of split-up high priced securities 
and past instances persuade them 
that they should do well on the new 
basis. Postum and Consolidated 
Gas are both instances of public 
following ; attracted to divided 
stocks. 

Loew Up Above 61 

Loew continued its forward pace, 
opening yesterday at better than 
60 and scoring a new top -on the 
movement "at- 61%. Old arguments 
in. fa-^or of a long position here for. 
the long pull are being brought out 
again. Enormous cash resources of 
the bonrpany (it has $10,000 put on 
call, for one thing) and assurance 
of rtew capital as needed over a 
long period, of years through rights 
pro.vided in the preferred and deb- 
entures, give the stock especially 
good prospects. 

History of management, partic- 
ularly Its freedom frdm raw manip- 
ulation on the ticker, give It good 
win valuable at this time, when at- 
tention is being divided with other 
amusement issues of more spectac- 
ular fluctuations. Debenture rights 
on the Curb, by the way, were dis- 
tinctly In demand, 2,500 changing 
hand.^ at prices above 20. 



Stndio Leasing 



Ix>fl Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Kack Sennett Is leasing studio 
space and oflQces to outside pro- 
ducers at his newly completed plant 
In Studio City. First company at 
the new studio Is Trem Carr, now 
producing features for Rayart. Carr 
will operate with two units. 

With the Metropolitan studio's 
first sound stage about completed, 
arid sound recording equipment 
about to be Installed, a number of 
indepiendent producers are , Recking 
reservations. 

Bulk of tlnie and space is already 
reserved fpr Christie, comedies, pri- 
marily responsible for building it. 
But- since the plant will also be 
available' for independent producers, 
arrangements to operate day and 
night are how being made. 



Mary and Doug Will 
Finish Pictures Together 

Los Angeles, Septi 4. 

Shooting schedules on ''Coquette,", 
Mary Plckford's next, and ''Man in 
the Iron Mask," Fairbanks' next, 
have been adjusted so tiiat both 
pictures will be finished simulta- 
neously the end of December. 

Miss Pickford. and Fairbanks will 
then go to St. Mauritz, Switzerland, 
for the winter sports. 



Pathe's Wire Arrives 

lios Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Pathe's sound equipment has ar- 
rived and final sections are being 
installed at the Culver City studio. 

Following tests by engineers now 
at the studio, it. Is announced the 
first sound pictures will be pro-, 
duced Sept. 10. 



Joe Brown in Lead 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Al Ray has left Fox to direct Belle 
Bennett in "Queen of Burlesque" for 
Tiffanl-Stahl. 

Joe Brown has been recalled from 
New York to play the lead opposite 
Miss Bennett. 



Summary for -n^eek ending Saitunlay, S«t^t. 1: 

STOCK EXCHANGE 



High. 

45 

20% 
184% 

77 
110% 

27 

99 

95 ■ 
34 
27H 
11 
144 

S4 
69% 
. 01% 
100 
07 
9VA 



79 

10% 

97 

23% 



101 

113% 

102V6 

81% 
101 

04% 
170 



Low. 
20% 
23 

103 
40% 
99% 
1.1% 
75% 
72 
22% 
24% 
0 

111% 

2 

8% 
• M% 
30% 
93% 
80% 
22 



60 
12% 

78 
17% 
. % 
11% 



88 
100% 

99 

50 
100% 
• ^88 - 

fi694 



Sales. 

1,900 

9,600 

9.100 
7-5.800 

1,000 
67,700 

1,300 
133.400 

0,400 
600 

1.300 
91,900 
208,100 
35,t>00 

3,500 
120.700 
340 
100.700 
109,200 



3.000 
13,000 

55 

S03.0OO 
200 
2,600 



$20,000 
92.000 
20.000 
236,000 
85,000 
6,000 
1,000 



(2).. 
(8).'! 



. • • • . 



. Issue and .rate. 
American Seai (4)..... 
Gonsol. Film pfd. 2).... 
Eastman Kodak (8)..>< 
Loew (3) 

Do pref. 6%) 

Keith «i 

Do pref. (7) 

Fox Class A (4) ...... . . 

Madison Square Garden 
Met.-a.-M. pref. (1,80), 
Motion Picture Cap;... 
Paraniount-Fam-Lasky 

Pathc Exchange < 

Pathe Class A 

Shubert (0).. 

Stanley 

Universal pref. (8).... 
■Warner Bros 

Do Cl. A 

CURB 

Balaban & K...... 

Con. Film Ent 

Educat. PIct. pref. (8).... 

Fox Theatres 

Grimth . . . .• 

Loew- deb.- rts 

BONDS 

Keith 6'6, '40... 

'Lo.!W O'd, '41 

Do ei-war. . . . . i 

Pathe 7'B, '37.. 

Par-Fam-Lasky 6's, 47.... 

-Shubert 6's — . ..... . ... .... .. 

Warner Bros. 6%'s, '28 



High, 


Low. 


Last. 


. 33 


32 


33 


. 26% 


25% 


20 


. 180% 


184 


•184% 

59% 




S0% 




100% 


102 


. 24% 


10% 


. 23 


. 82 


78 ■ 


81% 


. 05 


87% 


95 


. 24 . 


23% 


23% 




24% 


2i% 


8 


7% 


8 


. 144 


137% 


144 




6% 
24 


7% 


. 20 - 


27% 


. 02% 


00% 
40% 


•01% 


. Bl% 


49% 


. 99 


1>0% 


99 


.. 07 


93 


. 80% 




03 


90% 



I • • • • • 



77% 
15% 
85 
30% 
2 
20 



90 
ll.H 
101% 

80% 
100% 

80% 
170 



73 
12% 
70 
20% 
2 

10% 



88 

108% 
100% 
72 
J>9% 
89 . 
170 



77 
14% 
86 
80% 
2 
20 



89%. 
113 
101% 

79% 
100 

80% 
170- 



Net 
Chge. 
+1 , 
+ % 
+ % 
+3% 
-1-1 
+3% 
+1% 
-f7% 

•+■ % 
-h5 
+1% 
,+1% 
+ % 
4-9% 
+2% 
-f4% 
+2>/k 



-f3% 
-fl% 
-f6 

+3% 



+ % 
-f4% 
-f % 
•f7% 
+ % 



Montreal Is Climbing; 
$14,500 for Garbo 



. Montreal, Sept. 4. 
(Drawing Population, 600,000) ' 
Weather: Fair and Cool 

Followln^^ the previous week's 
nose-dive, main stem houses picked 
up considerably. Capitol jumped a 
couple of thousand to $14,500, and 
Loew's was up about the samo 
total. Greta Garbo did it .at the 
former house In "Mysterious Lady," 
and Charlie Murray handed the fans 
what they wanted in "The Head 
Man." Hot spell lot up and there 
was a fair amount of rain at nights 
which helped- 

Imperial continiies to pull, them 
In with Its all vaude show and the 
S.tEajULd=.IPJul«>,a, H wjth "Walk- 
ing Back." NeIghborfid6(rHduses~re^ 
port a better week again. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Capitol (FP) .(2,700; 40-60)— 
"Mysteriou.g X.ady" (M-G). Greta 
Garbo g'ot them; turned them away 
at start of week, but fell off later; 
Jumped $2,000 to $14,500. 

Loew's (FP) (3,200; 45-75), Vaud- 
fllm. "The Head Man" .(FN). Made 
hit with the fans and helped by 
short of Olympics. Vaude much 
Improved and up to $13,500. 



Strand (U. A.) (800; 80-40)— 
"Modern Mothers"' (Col); "Buck 
Privates" (U); "Second to None" 
(British), an.d "Walking Back" 
(Pathe). Latter brought in crowds 
and boosted gross to excellent 

$4,000. : , . 

Imperial (Keith) (1,900; 35r$l.)— 
Not out of ordinary bill, but marked 
by first apperance here of Watson 
and Cohan, Jewish comedians, who 
made decided hit: $12,000. , 



F. N. GETS "MIEACIiE" 

Long pending litigation over Uie 
film rights to "The Miracle" has 
resulted In a. settlement out of 
court with First National to do it. 

F. N. purchased these rights from 
A. H. Woods while M-G-M claimed 
them on a deal with Joseph Men- 
chen, of Berlin, active in the orlg- 
"irra J="Rel nh ard t = prod u ctio n -abroad r-= 



King Signs Cliff Holland 

Los Angolcs, Sept. 4. 
Henry King is extending opera- 
tions for signing screen players 
under long term per.sonal contracts. 
Hia latest is Cliff Holland whom he 
has signed to a five year contract. 
He will give Hollanjd the male lead 
in "She Goes to War," opposite 
KIcahor Boardman, for ln.«'piration. 



NEW 'TONE TEUCKS 

LiOS Angeles, Sept. 4. 

New consignment of Fox-Ca.5e 
Movietone trucks has arrived liere 
and they are double the size of the 
originals. 

New" trucks accommodate elbow 
space for the operator to work the 
various Instruments. On the old 
"type- the operator was required to 
sit on the curb with ear phones. 



Remodeling Old Goldwyn Building 
Lios Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Pathe ls«remodeling^ and redeco- 
rating the old Sam Goldwyn' ad- 
ministration building for its sound 
department. 

Building contains about 10 offices 
and will house the administration 
forces. 



Atmosphere 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

A production supervisor on 
one of the lotsr priding him- 
self on meticulous Attention to 
detail, was making a picture 
with a Russian background. He : 
decided he must have a gen- 
uine Russian saddle for na- 
tive atmosphere. Unable to 
find a saddle In Hollywood, the 
property department reported 
back to the producer aiid he 
Immediately coinmanded "send 
to Russia for It." ■ 

This was done, and the 
saddle arrived stamped "made 
In the U: S. A." 



SCHLANK QUITS AT 500 

Has Produced That Many Pictures 
in 17 Years— Started In 1911 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
, Morris R. Schlank has quit as a 
wholesale producer and distributor 
of pictures. He has just finished 
his 40th of the year and approxi- 
mately his 500th. In 17 years. 

Schlank's first pictures were made 
in St. Louis in. i9il under the Atlas 
brand. ■ , For a while he operated 
under the name of Columbia, 
changing to Anchor iFilms eight 
years ago. . His orgoalzation always 
has been a ohe-mari affair. He was 
one of the first to Institute dis- 
tribution exchanges direct from a 
Hollyvyobd office. 

Schlank says, he may now make 
one or two pictures a year. Filial 
film was "Riley of the Rainbow Di- 
vision," directed by Bobby Ray. 



Burbank Dark Six Pays 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

For the first day since the for- 
mal opening of Burbank not a wheel 
turned in the F. N. generating plant 
Aug. 27, nor on any of the five suc- 
ceeding days. No sinister signlfl- 
cance attaches, to the statement, 
however. 

Three companies are on location 
and no ne'w pictures were started 
during the : week. . . 



Arnold Back to Goldwyn 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Hank Arnold takes back his job 
as Sam Goldwyn's press agent here. 

Barrett Keisling, who succeeded 
Him with Goldwyn, returns to Cecil 
B. DeMllle. " . 

Arnold has been with M-G-M. 



HAINES' EEISSUES 

Lois Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Columbia will reissue three pic- 
tures in which William Haines was 
featured. These pictures were all 
made during the past three years. 

They are the "Midnight Express," 
"A Fool and His money," and 'T^he 
Thrill Hunter." 




GENE DENNIS 

"THE KANSAS WONDER GIRL" 

Who overcomes heat and bad woatluu' conditions by taking houses out 
of the "red" during the hottest part oC the summer in Florida. She even 
did the trick in Miami -wiliioh is not -a "red hot" show town in the summer 
time. All .her dates have been pl.nyefl in Publix hou.ses. She draws 
them In aplenty at the speeial morning matinees for wonien only. 
Sept, S to B, Augu.ita, Ga.; Sept. 6-8, Columbuia, Ga. 

Direction WM. MORRIS AGENCY 



Pathe and FBO Increase 
Programs for New Season 



; Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

FBO's '29-'30 program of Gold 
Bond Specials has been Increased to 
48 pictures, 18 more than on the 
current year's program. This is In 
addition to the u.suar amount of 
westerns. Pathe wilt probably, pror- 
duce 30 pictures during the coming 
year including two or three $500,000 . 
specials. 

All picture planned for the new 
program by ' FBO and Pathe will 
ontain sound and talking sequences 
and all pictures now In the cutting 
rooms to be completed oh the '28-*29 
program will have sound and dialog 
added as soon as recording equip- 
ment Is Installed. 

William Le Baron, .head of pro- 
duction at both plants, Is looking 
for two stories to rhdke 100 per cent 
tallkers, one to be released by FBO 
and the. other by Pathe. 



Lismah's Foreign Pick 
Opposite Clara in ^'Kid** 

. . Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Frederick Sands; a ne-wcomer t<» 
the Paramount studio, has been cast 
opposite Clara Bow In "The Satur- 
day Night kid." . 

Sand's is the result of 16 weeks' 
search by Robert' Lisman in. Spa.in, 
Italy, Sweden, Czecho- Slovakia, 
Hungary, Germany and Poland, 
working In co-operation 'with Para- 
mount exchanges. In Paris Jesse 
iifisky an^. Al Kaufman spent, spent 
two days looking at the tests of can- 
didates Lisman picked. 



Glazer's Voluntary Move 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Benjamin Glazer, director general 
of sound for First National and 
appointed by Joseph P. 'Kennedy, 
has moved his .belongings off the 
Burbank lot. 

. Glazer, under personal contract to 
Kennedy, Is reported to have felt 
he did . not . want to embarrass Al 
Rockett, general studio head of F. 
N., following the withdrawal 'of 
Kennedy. He has gone to the Pathe 
headquarters In Culver . City pend- 
ing further Instructions, from 
Kennedy. 

ti. P. White, superintendent of 
production, sent over from FBO 
to F. N. by Kennedy, is again back 
oTi the former lot. 



McDehnottV Dialog 

John McDermott, scenario writer, 
is in New Tork to niake diistrlbu- 
tion arrangements and to cast for a 
talking feature he plans to make 
independently at the Christie studio 
in Hollywood. 

McDermott has been ivlth the 
scenario department of Paramount 
for some time. 

It is the first reported . instance 
of a talking picture being projected 
for the open market by an Inde- 
pendent. 



FUETHMAN ON U FEATTJEE 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Charles' Furthman, scenarist with 
Paramount for two years, leaves to 
write the screen treatment of 
"Broadway" for Universal as well 
as be the editorial supervisor of the 
production. 

Up to three years ago Furthman 
was assistant to Ray Schrock, gen-, 
eriar manager for Universal. 



POX'S NEW COSTUME HEAD 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Harry Collins, New Tork modiste, 
formerly heading the Fox costume 
department, has been relieved of 
these, duties. He is now functioning 
as a member of the staff of this 
department. 

A new head is to be named thla 
week. 



Colored Actor Featured 

Rosebud Pictures Corp. has made 
"Absent" which features Clarence 
Brooks, colored actor. 

James Smith has been appointed 
eastern representative, for the Rose- 
bud, firm. ^ 

Walsh Acting Again 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
- -Ra.QUl lV al.sh, fihn director. wiH 
turn actor again when~he Be^Iiv^^ 
work on "A Caballero's Way," an 
O. Henry story for Fox' Fan mail 
did it. 



Mizner Back to Par 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Wil.son Mizner leaves Fox upon 
the expiration of his contract Sept. 
15. It is understood he will rejoin 
raranionnt. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



P I C T U R E S 



VARIETY 



11 



Chatter in New York 



Bon Hecht turned down, an offer 
from the World . to do ilaywood 
Eroun'3 old column. Paper wanted 
him to do his reporto.rial '"1,001 Af- 
ternoons in Ghicago" type o£ stuff, 
but Hecht held out for more critical 
privileees. 



Oct. 15 Issue of Plain Talk wIii 
carry the hottest attack ever 
launched on the Anti-Saloon League. 
Senator Edwards is the author of 
the expose, which will carry inside 
documents to prove its points. 



Liouis Broomfield is in' the south 
ef France, doing a book of positive 
opinions on social questions, includ- 
ing the toughest, women. It will be 
called "A Disagreeable Book." 



■ Stockingleas flicks on Broadway 
are fooling the reformers by. draw- 
ing a pencil rnark seam up the backs; 
«f their logs. 



Mrs. Sum Taylor has accom- 
panied her director husband on his 
three day visit to "Coquette." 



Ben Bernie la scheduled to can 
aborts for Warner Brothers. 



Conway Tearle is being niein- 
tlpned in diiipatclies with a Reno 
date line; 



Natacha Rambova's iiiclividual- 
Isiic gown shop is being played by 
the long, thin ladies. 



. The Paramoimt local publicity 
•tafC is scheduled for a revainping. 



One of the ferhme film stars who 
Visited town recently accidentally 
got half crocked with three news- 
papermen and bawled over her love 
affairs. She had been. instructed to 
treat the boys when they came 
around to ask questions. 
. . She treated so successfully that 
everybody broke down and wept 
over hpw. biad the boy friend had 
acted, how much of her dough he 
had acquired and how he had 
walked out on a wedding. 
. After the tear festival, the re 
porters each walked out with a pint 
to take home to their \yiv«^s. Not 
a line of the heart story ever 
reached print. 



Newspaper mob in Paris got a 
brutal double crossing on the Ed 
win Carewe- Jaime Del Rio duel 
story. The boys had been tipped 
that something would pop on the 
U. .A. "good will tour." They looked 
for a big space splurge In the 
American dailies when the thing 
finally broke. But somebody re 
leased the sappy duel yarn before 
anything genuine hud time to hap- 
pen. 

The local newspaper men are 
squawking that some inside party 
who was wise to the foreign press 
system deliberately took the edge 
off their yarn, 



Picture experts around town are 
being approached by publishers of 
a magazine group . on the possibili 
ties for a fan rag on talkers. Most 
of the fan monthlies have felt a 
decline in personality interest since 
the advent of sound. 



Several of the hotel swimming 
pools are being watched for light 
ladiesTTbe inf ofmcOtfy of sWimnTiitg 
^ parties makes pickups hai-d to spot 
so several managements have been 
up agiainst it to weetl out the on 
the-make ladies. 



The New York literati has been 
g'ivlng a week-end play to Theodore 
Dreiser's place on Crotpn Lake. At 
tractions, besides book gab, include 
a 300-foot stone pool and an 8 by 
10 log cabin built by labor im 
ported from Valley I'orge. 

The Sunday draw includes 
dramatists, author.s, publishers, 
editors, literary agont.« and even 
movie reviewers. 



A "Spaniard*' 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Pu bUcity on Mexican senor- 
itas landing picture contracts 
reached Mexico' City and at- 
tracted a Mexican boy who im- 
mediately canie to Hollywood. 

Upon arriving iiere, he found 
recognition difficult so went to 
a rabbi and rtslved for financial 
assistance and influence. The 
rabbi asked him why lie didn't . 
go to the Mexican consul, but 
the lad said he was Jewish, 
though born in Mexico, and 
couldn't talk the . langjuage. 

This passed with the rabbi 
who gave the lad $38 and a 
letter to one of the studio 
executives. . 



torium. With his orgatiization more 
or less disrupted and one of the 
most conservative religious associa- 
tions in the country holding a Jirm 
r-ein on his methods, the, evangelist's 
income for his week's ^v:ork was 
nothing compared to the days when 
he was get ling , his name in head- 
lines. ■ —. — '■ • ■ . 

Layoff magicians are working 
the Yorkville and Hoboken beerr 
gardens. "They sit at tfibles with 
the customers and palm coin.s, al- 
ways getting the props at the table. 

One of the magicians hits tlu'oe 
joints a night and averages $10 and 
10 seidols, .which he figures better 
than waiting, for the last half.. 



Money is back of a new weeldy 
to start this fall, under Burton 
Rascoe, who recently resigned from 
The Bookman. The sheet will be 
daring In satire and hiimor. 

Classy, but without the liveried 
butlers on the coyer or the use of 
the word "swell" as an adjective. 



Arthur Caesar talies off for Fox's 
Coast studios as staff writer Sept. 9 
and has a two-day whoopee sched- 
uled starting the Seventh. Caesar 
is contracted for .a year , at $"ri0 a 
week with a renewal option at 
$1,000, 

Asked how his wife, Dora Piatt 
(Caesar), a scenic artiste and in- 
terior decorator, fancied the Holly - 
woodlan invasion, Caesar retorted 
that the prospect of eating three 
meals regularly intrigued her. 



Ali U Sound West? 



A strong probaljility th.at Univcr- 
s;il will abandon sound production 
l:>lans in the east and concentrate all 
effects on the Const where four 
sound proof stages are now under 
construction. OfTleially it Is said 
Universal Is simply delaying reno- 
vation of the Fort Lec slultlos be- 
cause of various details. 

It Is pointed out that the plant Cit 
U C'ily, which will be complot\»d be- 
for the first of the year, and wliich 
has already turned out one short i» 11 
talker, will be adequate to accom- 
modate Qll the Liiemmle souiid 
woi'k. • ■ • ■ ' " ■ 

However, four features ready .for 
reka.'?e have been, souncled in tho 
east. But none of these has dialog 
;!Jid for the immediate future Uni- 
versal, fi-oin what can be gathered, 
iias ma.de no plana for its first 100 
l?cr cent dialog picture. 



Why Coast P. A.'s Square and Squawk 
And Sometimes Find Time to P. A. 



Ames Mayor Won't Okay 
Act Passed Over Veto 

Des Moines, la., Sept. 4. 

Ames, la . has found it necessary 
to take its problem of Sunday 
movies to district coiirt. The mat- 
ter h:is been a sore spot in the city 
for six years. 

Attorney for Joe Gerbracht, man- 
ager of the Ames Theatre Co., has 
filed an appeal in district coiirt fol- 
lowing the $75 fine on Gerbracht 
for operating on Sunday. Contend- 
ing that a new ordinance allowing 
Sunday movies is void, the mayor 
has . refused to recognize It and 
fined Gerbracht under the old or- 
dinancie^ddopted six years ago. 

New ordinance was pa.ssed by the 
city council over the mayor's veto. 



Edward J. Dohcrty is hosting 
tonight' (Wednesday) after theatre 
In the Pai-amount hotel grillroom 
for ex-Chlcago. newsp.aper people, 
now headquartered in New York. 
Doherty is now with "Liberty." 



U'S 2D CLASS P. 0. 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Universal City's ppstoifice, in ths 
third class regulation, will shortly 
become a second class office when 
the present quarters are enlarged. 

This has bfcon^c necessary 
through incrca.sed business of mak- 
ing pictures at Universal and the 
many new homes erected near the 
studio in the past five years. 



CAMERAMAN AS PILOT 

Lo.s Angelp.s, Sept. 4. 

Alvin Knechtel, cameraman for 
First National, became Holly^yopd's. 
first ofilcial flying cameraman when 
heTtbljk oiit an"^filciailiii 

Knechtel specializes in filming 
air scenes, iiaid for his pilot in- 
structions and purchased a plane 
from his earnings as a camera- 
man. 



The Evastern l^istributlng Com- 
pany, which lost the Street and 
Smith piiiilications. Is starting four 
new magazines of the wood pulp 
variety. Jlarold lier.>^ey, f(;rmer 
editor of Clayton I'ulilii'alions, is 
^gc.lKnliilod,.a.s_exe(.vutiv^r .^edi 



group. 



Billy Sunday, now sin.iily billed 
as "the well-known ev<»u;,'"list," was 
the ff'a'turcd exhorter nt tlie r.Dth 
annual old .^Ijli^ o.imp nu-r-tinp at 
Ocean Grove, N. J., which closed 
Monday, • 

Sunday's appearance at the North 
Jersey resort broke no att<'ndaTife 
recordd at the Ocean Grove Audi- 



COLLEEN MOOEE CEUISING 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Colleen Moore and her husband, 
.John McCormick, return to the First 
National studios Sept. 10 after 
spending a month ^ruising the 
Coast in their yacht. 

Miss Moore will immediately be- 
gin on "Synthetic Sin" for which 
production is sciieduled Sept. 17. \V. 
A. Seite.r will direct. 



Christies' Trips 
Lo.s .Angules, Sept. 4. 
°Cliarlcs CMii-istif is in New Vork 
for his ciuarierly confi'i-ence with 
business a.s-^udate.s, He will be 
:tluii*c=.juiumilil.=== 



Al ChriJftii', in N^w York on his 
hoiu-ynitM ii, is e.-tpectod to r>.'lurn 
lu-rc >y:i.irily. 



"Interference's" Final 5 
Reels Now in Dialog 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
"Interference's" five final reels, 
following completion of its produc- 
tion by Paramount as a silent pic- 
ture and Its succeeding treatment 
for effects, have been put entirely 
into dialog. Principals on the vocal 
side" are Eyelyn Brent, Olive Brook, 
William Powell and Doris Kenyon. . 

Jesse Lasky suggests the result Is 
perhaps . the first example of syn- 
chronized dialog vtrritten by a prom- 
inent dramatist. 



Green With F. N. 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Alfred E. Green, after completing 
two-year contract with Fox, has re- 
turned to the First National lot. 

He was sighed through Felix 
Young to direct Corinne Griffith In 
"Saturday's Children." 



ROCKETT'S STAY 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Al Rockett, general studio execu- 
tive and production head of First 
National, is in New York for a two 
weeks' stay. 

Rockett will confer regarding 
studio problems and assignments of 
personnel brought about through 
the elimination of J. P. ICennedy as 
operating, head of the company. 
Rockett is also going to look over 
new plays. 

During Rockctt's absence Bobbie 
North 1?'in charge -of-tbe studio. 



"LEIF" UMBEE BUDGET 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Technicolor's "Leif the Lucky" 
has been completed as a. silent pic-. 
tur6 :in six weeks and inside both 
schedule and budget. . 

Following editing and titling, pic- 
ture goes to Now York for synohro- 
ni5{atic>n. Question of dialog will 
be settled at that time. 



DeMille's Gold Coins 

Los Angoles, Sept. 4. 
: C. }i: l")eMille has a habit of 
paying for favors and courte- 
sies with gold coins Avhich he 
always carries. He doesn't get 
as much publicity for this gen-' 

. erosity as .KockofeUer, but:. 
someone must have tipped off 
the newsboy who sells pripers . 
in front of the Biltmore 
theatre. 

After the opening of "The 
Godless Girl" here, the newsie 
surged through the crowd to 

. the directoi', patting the dig- 
nitary on the back and with 
yoiithful enthusiasm proclaim- 
ing it was a great picture. The 
director pressed a $20 gold 
piece into the urchin's palm for 
a paper. 



DRAMAPHONE UMFOLOS 



Chi Firm's New Sound. Device-r- 
Will Sell for From $1,475 to $2,885 



. Cliicago., Sept. 4. 
Another new sound deylce, 
Dramaphone, is on the market. It's 
put out by the Musical Devices 
Corp., here. Company claims it will 
have the machine perfected within. 
60 days and. ready for synchroniza- 
tion with any film no\y being made. 

Demonstration was given at a 
small neighborhood house • with 
"Kamona" used. Timing was ini- 
perfect, but the general tonal quality 
and amplification of sound was 
good. 

Manufacturers are prepared to re- 
lease the instrument at a cost rang- 
ing from $1,475 to $2,885, depending 
on the size of the theatre, and 
covering a leasing period of 10 
years. Total amount, however, is to 
be paid the first year. 



SID OLCOTT'S COMPANY 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Sidney Olcolt left England Aug 
22 for Hollywood loaded with a 
number of screen rights to wi'll 
known British writers' works. 

Olcott plans to organize a com- 
pany in Hollywood for the making 
nf these pictures.' 



New Academy Members 

IjOH Aug* Ics, Si- 1' I. 4. 
. Peter Mole. Gt^orge Mank'cr Wal- 
ters, G. A. Mitchell and Alice Diiy 
are new niombers of the Acadfiny 
of Motion I'icturo Art.s and Sci- 
ences. \ 



Kaufman in Charge of 
All Paramount Sound 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Albert A. Kaufman, assistant to 
Jesse Lasky at iParamount, has been 
assigned to head the dialog depart- 
ment for that company. 

Kaufman is in charge of all pro- 
duction along these lines and the 
selection of special talent for sound 
pictures. The Pohieroy department 
will also come under his super- 
vLsion. 



Forced Vacation 

. Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
William Con.selman, supervising 
for Fox the past year, leaves that 
organization Sept. 15. 

Fox exercised its option on Gon- 
selman for another year but . the 
strain of work has. been too much 
and Consclman ha.s asked to be re- 
lieved so that he can taku a three 
months' vacation. 

During the past year Conselman 
has supervised production on 12 pic- 
tures besides writing five originals, 
lie was formerly a reporter on the 
Los Angeles^' TilncSr;^ - 



IjOS Anpoli>H, Sept. 4. 
Siudio press agents are squawk- 
ing because tl.ieir duties cover a 
diver.sified range and are subject to . 
call any hour of the day and night. 
Writing, copy and conceiving, new 
ideais for grabbing free space is 
no longer the basic: foundation of 
tl.eir job. This is now. incidental 
to a process for building up .the 
sales argument,- which they ai*e 
forced to use in prevailing upon the. 
directors and players for co-opera- 
tion. 

The average high salaried direc- 
tor or screen actor regards public- 
ity as an unnecessary evil since It 
was primarily responsible in bring- . 
Ing them along, and places them 
on the defense when approached 
by the publicity department to sac- 
rifice, a bit of time to get over a 
stunt. They -bpcome very tempera- 
mental when the press agent pushes 
an issue, and If it is not handled 
with diplomacy the p. a.'s job be- 
comes jeopardized; 

A veteran theatricftl press agent, 
brought from New York to take 
chai'gb of a studio's publicity af- 
fairs; could not understand the re- 
luctance to, co-operate when his 
efforts meant so. much to sustain 
their popularity. He went to the 
head of. the studio for enllghtmeht 
and was curtly Informed that In 
order to get his players and di- 
rectors to work Avlth him it would 
be essential to "sell the. idea and 
create a demand through a per- 
sonal sales talk so that they woiild 
respond. As) far as issuing orders 
demanding co-operation, the ex- 
ecutive's job would be Jeopardized 
and genieral di.scord about the studio 
would result.- 

MisQellaneous Duties 

Chief among the many, other 
duties required is that of attending 
previews, which average as high as 
10 a week and are scattered all over 
southern California/. ^Sometimes a 
whole night Is spent In-covering 
one out of town pre-vlew and if 
the p. a. Is not on the job at nine 
in the mornln|r he is accused of 
laying down. In addition,, he is 
called upon to' act as chief peace-' 
maker about the lot in Ironing out 
petty . jealousies arising from 
printed articles mentioning certain . 
names. Scores of chatter writers 
demanding exclusive news f)6unce 
upon the p. a. when a .scoop appears 
and he Is accused of playing fav- 
orites. 

It is a common occurence to have a 
number of these scribes eall a p. a. 
from his early morning slumber for 
confirmation of a simple rumer. 
Stars and directors scenting an un- 
favorable story about to ba published 
will madly seek, the protection of the 
p. a. for his Influence to stop publica- 
tion. An(J if they happen . to be 
suffering from in.somnia. and ideas 
foi- great publlcit.v stories percolate 
through their minds they seek to get 
it off their chest by calling up their 
press agent at any hour of t he night. 
If the story doesn't break In head- 
lines the next morning he is crit- 
icized for being a poor press agent. 



TITLE AND LENGTH CHANGE 

• Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Fox has changed title of "A Ca- 
beller6&' Way," an O. Hejiry story, 
to "Flo.wer of Sin;" Originally In- 
tended as an experimental tWO-reel 
dialog picture. It will now be of fea- 
ture length. 

Raoul Walsh will direct and play 
the male lead. 



FBO TAKES BASaiTETTE 

Lo3 Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Further evidence that FBO can 
draft upon the talent of Palhe is the 
ril^'ning by the former firm of Llna 
Uas(|uette. 

She will play tlif I'-iul In "Hard 
Hoilcd.". Ralph ln<:e will star and 
dlrc'-t. 



Mix's Two Directors Must 
— Write Their Own Yarns 

Los Angele.s, Sept. 4. 
Eugene Ford and Robert De 
Lacey, assigned as alternate direc- 
tors for Tom .Mix, are required to 
wi"ite their own stories in between 
pictures. 

!De Lacby hius left for the Hunt- 
ington Lake district where he will 
write his next story using the. big 
tlmbcwr country for locale. 



2 "AVALANCHES" 

. Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

With Paramount now in produc- 
tion on "Av;il.anehc," directed by 
Otto Brower, Unit(!il Artists has an- 
nounced the sanie tiilf for the next 
John Barryniore pii;ture. 

Paramount . is ai)i)i*;ilint,'- t<> the 
Hay.s oi'gauiz.-iliori, allh'>i:t,'h ailuiil- 
tin:^ .it a'>;,'li'('li''J to r'^yi-^t'-T tho 
name. 



U'S EXTRAS 

Los Angeles, Si:pt 1. 

I'ni ver.«ial continues to pii.'k it: 
.■.;;ri'en jdiiyora froni the oxlni, ruMl:.'-. 
It has bigtiod Peggy Howard to a 
form contract. 

MiK;-j Howard ha.i been In extra 
parts around Hollywood Cor tiic past 
two yyuis or more. 



U. A. Has ''Potemkin'e" Director 
Los Ang"l"s, ,'-?'>iit. 4. 

S. M. Kiseii.sttin, director of 'I'n- 
tf'mUin," wa.i siKned to rii;il:/' one 
picture for I'liili-d Ai'ti.sts (jJit l»>'r< 
by Jo.seph M. .Si-benck, Vihiie tin; 
latter was abr*^.ijd. 

Ki.i'.-ii.'^lein wili irot bu abi'^ 1" 
leave, Ru.s.-;ia until, the end of S''l>- 
teuiber. 



C O S T* U IVl E S 

F'OR hire: 

pnonnc'TiONs I 

BXl'LOITATrONS I 
PKl'JSUNTATIONB I 




CO STUAAES 



12 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Studio Survey 



Los AngC'les, Sept. 4. 

Studios are - still declining oii ac- 
tivity — losing seven points In per- 
centage, over ' that reported last 
week. A total of 51 features and 11 
short subjects are in work with 
three: of the 23 plants idle. . 

Paramount again tops . the list 
with 10. feat ure.s in. work. They in- 
clude "Sins oiC the Father. s," by 
iiUdwig Bergcr; "Interference," by 
L. Mendez; "Manhattan Gocktail," 
by p. . Arzner ; "Avalanche," by O. 
Brower; '"R^d.skihi" by V. Schert- 
zinger; '"His Private Life," by F. 
Tuttle; Charles Roger picture, by 
F. R. Jones; "Shop Worn Angel," 
by R. Wallace; "Three Week Ends," 
by Badger, and "Canary Murder 
Case," by M. St. Clair. 



Ray, and "South Seas," by E. Clif- 
ton. 

Fox Light 

Fox Is running light with five. 
These are "Veiled Woman," directed 
by E. Flynn; "Homesick," . by H. 
Lehrman; "Romance of Under-, 
world," by L Cummihgs; "Hus- 
bands Are Liars," by R, Cannon, 
and "Our Daily Bread," by F. W* 
Mui'nau. ,' 

Universal has four with "Show 
Boat," : directed by Harry Pollard ; 
"Efik the Great," by P. Fejos; "Fin- 
al Reckoning," by R. Tayloi', and 
"Cohens and Kellys," by W. J. 
Craft. 

Studios with but two features, 
each are: Warners— "On Trial," by 
A. Mayo; "Stark Mad,". by L.Bacon, 



This table shows a summary of weekly studio activity for the 
past 29 . weeks. Percentage of production is based on 106 
units working at 23 studios on the Coast, determined 
by the average normal working conditions 
during the year 1927: 











Studios 




Week 


Features 


Short! 


Total 


Dark 


Pet. 


f^6b. .22 «'«•••«••.•••••• 


•. 47 


8 . 


55 


6 


.52 


F^bt 29 ,••*.••••«'»•••■■ 


. 39 


9 


' 48 


12 


.45 


March 7 ..... . . . . . . . 


. .46 


14 


54 


9 


.61 


March 14 , . . . . . . 


. 49 


16 


65 


7 


.61 


March 21 ............ 


. 49 


15 


64 


8 


.60 


March 28 . ... ....,.>. 


.■ 47 


17 ■ ■ 


64 


6 


.60 


^Lpril 4 ••••'•••••«••■• 


. 53 


17 


70 


6 


.66 ^ 


^^pril H •«••••'••••••• 


. 60 


19 


69 


■ : 8: 


.65 




. 52 


17 


69 


9 


.65 


^^prij 25 ••••«•*•••••• 


. 60 


17 


67 


6 


.62 


A^&y 2 «aa««'**4* 


. 52 


15 


67 


7 


.62. 


, 9 ■ • «'•• • « • • • • • .• 


. 64 


17 


71 


■a' 


.67 


AA&y '16 «••«••'«••• • • 


. 63 


20 


83 


3 


.77 


May 23 . • . • • « • ..^ • • . • 


. 66 


21 


S9 


2 


.64 


■ A^&y 30 .••»•••••*«•#«• 


. 68 


24 


92 


0 


.87 


J-Uno ^ •••••••«••«*•• 


. 05 


32 '■ 


97 


.0 


.90 


JunG 13 -4 • .a, » 


. . 77. 


31 


108 


0 


1.01 


J UI16 .' 20 ••'«••••••••«'• 


. 76 


31 


107 


0 


1.01 


. J u 27 ■•••#.••■•.•••« 


; 64 


30 


94 


0 


.89 


July 4 «••*••• • • •«■••« 


. 66 


25 


81 


0 


.76 


July 11 ..... . . , i . . . . . 


. 64 


24 


88 


0 


.83 


July . 18 ••••••«•«••••• 


. 62 


24 


86 


1 


.81 


- July 25 ••*••««••«*••.• 


. ' • 56 


21 


77 




.72 




59 


21 


80 


2 '•• 


.75 


Ailg. 7 


. . 72 


20 


92 


-2 


.87 




. 61 


20 


81 


2 


.76 


Aug. 21 . . . . . ... , . . . . . 


. 59 


16 


75 


3 


-70 


^u^< 28' «»*.••••■«•«•'• 


. 57 


12 . 


69 


3 


.65 


Scj^t* -4 «••• •«!•••••«■ 


. 51 


11- • 


62 


3 


.58 



M-G-M has sev(en featui-es In 
■work including "Woman of Affairs," 
directed by C. Brown; "Little An- 
gel," by S. Wood; "Gold Braid," by 
G. Hill; "Honeymoon," by R. Gold- 
en; "Adrienne," by F. Niblo; "Nlze' 
Baby," by H. Henley, and "Mys- 
terious Island," by L. Hubbard. 

First National has five including 
"Outcast," directed by W. A. Sei- 
ter; "Scarlet Seas," by J. F. Dillon; 
"Changelings," by G. Fitzmaurice; 
"30th Day of October," by F. Lloyd, 
and "Ritzy Rosey," by M. Le Roy. 

Tiffany- Stahl also has five fea- 
tures going with "Family RoW," by 
J: Flood; "Man in Hobbles," by .G. 
Archainbaud; "Applause," by E. 
Cline; "Queen of Burlesque," by A. 



-Pathe— "Spieler," by T.. Garnett; 
"Shady Lady," by E. H. Griffith. 
FBO— "Tropic Madness," by R. Vig- 
nola; "Little Savage,", by L. King. 
Colombia— "Stool Pigeon," by R. 
Hoffman; "Di-Iftwood," by C. Ca- 
banne. United Artists — "The Love 
Song," by D. W. Griffith; "The Iron 
Mask," by A; Dwari. Metropolitan — 
"Hell's Angels," "The Tiger's Sha- 
dow-" 

Studios working one feature each 
are Chaplin, Tec- Art and Chadwick 
and those engaged in making short 
comedies are Stern, Roach and 
Dailey, one each. Educational and 
Cal-Art have two each. 

Studios dark are NovcUe, Chri.stie 
and Sennett. 



Schildkraut Fiddling 

Lob Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Universal ha.s bought "A Bargain 
In. the Kremlin," magazine story by 
Sir Philip Gibbs. The tale is of a 
court violinist. 

It is Intended for Joseph Schild- 
kraut, a violinist In his own i'ight 
and the graduate of several con- 
aervatories of music. 

Picture will be synchronized and 
KoeS Into production before Jan. 1. 



MET STUDIO'S SECONl) UNIT 

Los An!;clos, Sept. 4. 

Metropolitan studio has stairted on 
Its second sound unit the main stagxs 
of which will be like its predecesr 
Bor 76x105 and its monitor room 
60 X 60. New sti'uctures will be 
ranged along.slde the recording 
room, now complotcd. 

Equipment for the first unit has 
arrived and that for the second Ir. 
Bet for shipment Oct. 1. Engineers 
representing the Western Electric 
have moved into the recording 
building. 



Rosson 'Goes FBO 

Los Angele.s, Sept. 4. 

Richard Rosson, who recently 
made "Road House" for Fox,, has 
left that organization after having 
contractual differences and receiv- 
ing $6,0P0^ for %he unexpired term 
of his agreement. ^------ --^ 

He was immediately signed by 
FBO to direct. 



SPEAGUE ON SOUND 

. Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
. Chandler Spragu^, head of. Fox 
scenario and story departments for 
the pa,st six months, has had addi- 
tional diaties given him by Winnie 
Sheehan. 

In the future Spraigue will also 
have general supervision of scenario 
and stories on Movietone feature 
productions. 



SAX USmrBEISTOEPHONir 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Sam Sax is arranging to send 
Alice Pay to New Yorl^ for dialog 
sequences in "Times Square," re- 
cently flni.shed here by Gotham. 

Method of synchronization will be 
Brlstolphone, the work to be done 
at the plant of that company in 
• Waterbury, Conn., if the two stages 
being bullt^ Jri New York are not 
ready. 



FINEMAN RENEWS 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Bernie P. Flneman, senior asso- 
ciate producer at Paramount, Is to 
remain with that organization an- 
othet year. 

Fineman signed a new contract 
this--week=and- will- be-in -charge^oX. 
the studio during October when B. 
P. Schulberg goes on a vacation. 



Cecil DeMille's Divorce Film 
Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
C. B. DeMlUe'fl next for M-G 
will deal with the divorce problem 
and the lov6 of a rich woman for 
a poor man. 

Picture goes into production 
around Oct. L 



A Studio Crack 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
A wise cracking giag man on 
the Paramount lot says that In 
selling the screen opuis "Inter- 
ference," an explanatory title 
should be used to read: "Inter- 
ference, or the Life of a Supcr- 
vLsor." 



Bomb ParthenoD, Chi House 
For 2d Time in Year 



Chicago, Sept. 4. 
For the second time thLs year 
the Parthenon theatre, Berwyn. 
was^ bombed by unknown Instiga- 
tors.. Police, while looking for cjues, 
arrested Emil W. Dolezal, former 
epiploye of the theatre, on sus- 
picion. House is now in the hands 
of the Chicago Title and Trust Co., 
receivers. It formerly belonged to 
the Gregory-Bernasek theatre cor- 
poration. 

Entire business dirstrict of Ber- 
wyn was rocked by the explosion 
caused by an alarm clock bomb set 
off in the gangway of the theatre. 
The balst tore a hole in the side 
of the house and blew off a heavy 
metal exit door. It occurred early 
in the morning when the house was 
empty. Damage , is estimated at. 
about" $10,000. 

Previous bombing* a year ago, 
Avas caused by an explosive stench 
bomb. The perpetrators were never 
discovered. . 



Chicago Slows Down as 
Theatre Building Town 

Chicago, Sept. •.4, 

This town once had . a rep for 
rapid theatre building. Look at it 
now. 

Opening of B. & K.'s Paradise is 
the only noticeable house premiere 
within a year. Theatre has been in 
construction for three and a half 
years. The Mont Clare theatre, with 
steel work just finished, was started 
almost three years ago. . 

The Victory, another mass of steel 
work, was started In October, 1926, 
and hats been temporarily aban- 
doned. 



DIX'S NEXT TWO 

Lob Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Next picture .In which Richard 
Dix will be starred by Paramount 
will be "Unconquered." Mai St. Clair 
will direct and Alice: D. G. Miller 
does the screen treatment. 

Picture will have sound, after 
which Dlx is to do an all talking 
feature. 



D'ABBAST'S CHEVAIIEB TABN 

Los Angeles, ' Sept. 4. 

Harry D'Arrast is now working 
on an original to serve as a Fara- 
mount's .starring production for Al- 
bert Chevalier. 

D'Arrast will also direct the pic- 
ture which e:oea itito production in 
February. 



MBS. BEID DIBECTING AGAIN 

i . Sept. A., . . 

Mrs. Wallace Reld will direct 
"Linda," a Broughton Production, 
at the MetrppolltaVi Studios start- 
ing Sept. 10. 

Her last previous directorial effort 
was on 'The Road to Ruin." 



With M-G 14 Ycarc 

Lob Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Edward Connelly, yeterali screen 
actor, renewed his ebhtrabt with 
M-G-M. ■ 

Connelly has been with M-G for 
14 years, startlag with the old 
Metro company. 



PaKy of 18 

Lofl Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Exactly It persons '^^ere In a 
First National group wulch sailed 
last week for location In Honolulu. 

--Only-one-actor^ln^the^party,.=Milr:= 
ton Sills, the others being staff 
menabers. 



Marion Nlxon't "Geraldine" 
IXM Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Pathe has selected Marion Nixon 
to do the tlUe role In 'K3eraldinc," 
Booth Tarklngton story. 

Bddle Qulllan will have the boy 
part and ^el Brown will direct. 



Griffith's 20-Year Record 



(Continued from page 7) 

Mutual-Reliance. He came to 
Ilollywood early in '13 and pro- 
duced a number of three and four 
reel features, alj of which made 
money. The first four reel picture 
was "Battle of the .Sexes." It cost. 
$2,500 at that time and grossed in 
excess of $400,000. 

He remade this picture this year 
at a .cost of around $300,000, a low. 
record at the United Artists studio. 
Original . cast of "Battle" Included 
Lillian Glsh, Donald Cri^p, Mack 
Sennett, Owen Moore, Robert Har- 
rpn and Mary Alden. 

$110,000 "Nation's" Cost 

Assured that the public was ready 
for multiple reel features, Griffith 
promoted enough capital to make 
the first big epic of the screen, "The 
Birth of a Nation." This cost $110^- 
000, including the price of 100 prints. 
It hafs since accumulated a gross 
of $10,000,000. This figure Includes 
$500,000 taken in on the picture 
from 26 states during its third re- 
issue. 

Cost and; grosses of other out- 
standing pictures produced by 
Griffith after the "Nation" are: 
"Broken B16s!5oms," made for Para- 
mount at a cost of. $115,000, grossed 
$1,250,000; "Hearts of the World," 
also made for Paramount at a cost 
of $425,000, grossed in excess of 
$1,500,000. . - 

''Intolerance" a Loss 

Following this Griffith ; again 
broke away from studio interfer- 
ence and made "Intolerance" with 
hli3 own. hioney and some outside 
capital. This co.st $1,600,000 and 
only gros.sed $1,750,000. Griffith took 
it on the' Chin and. returned to mak- 
ing cheaper pictures by producing 
"The Love Flower" at a cost of 
$91,000. He originally made this for 
First National but before it was 
completed he cancelled the contract 
and released it himself. It later 
groissed $900,000. 



First National reallzied that Grif- 
fith still possessed drawing power 
and demanded his next picture, 
"The Idol Dancer,-' which was made 
for $93,000 and grossed $963,000. 

$7,500,000 for '-East" 

. i). W, again went in on his own 
to make '"Way Down East." This 
cost $635,000 and has grossed to 
date, including Its third reissue, 
$7,500. 

Gross on the road showing of. 
" 'Way Down East" wa-s .around 
$4,000,000 and showed a net profit 
of $1,250,000. This Is in addition 
to the gross of the general release 
of $3,500,000. . . 

He remade "Dream Street" on his 
own capital at a cost of $337,000 
and it brought $950^000. He followed 
this with "Orphans of the Storm" 
at a c'ost of $760,000 and it grossed 
$2,000,000. 

"One ExciUng Night" cost: $362,- 
000 and grossed $1,150,000; ' White 
R6se" cost $425,000 and grossed 
$900,000; "America" cost $795,000 
and grossed $1,750,000; 'Isn't Life. 
Wonderful" cost $260,000 and was 
light at $400,000; "Sally of the Saw- 
dust" cost $337,000 and grossed 
$1,200,000. 

Paramount again hired Griffith 
and he made"That Royle Girl" at a 
cost of $59&,060. It grossed $900,- 
000. He followed this with "Sor- 
rows of Satan" for the same com- 
pany., at a cost of $1,050,000. It 
brought back $1,750,000. 
, Griffith then aligned with United 
Artists, making "Drums of Ijove" 
at a cost of $505,000. With but three 
months in release dates it had 
played to about $600,000. "The 
Love Song,'* which he is now mak- 
ing, is budgeted at $750,000. 

It will be noticed that wherever 
Griffith associated himself with 
other companies in the making of a 
picture, the costs were heavily In- 
creased. 



Cost and Grosses of Pictures Directed 
By D. W. Griffith from 1908 to 1928 



COST. 

Estimated number of one-reel features di- 
rected for Biograph from 1908 to^ 1910 
are. .at the rate of two a week at an 
average cost of $1,000 each. A total of 
, 206 subjects equals. i . $206,000 

Estimated average gross of these 206 one- 
reel pictures at $10,000 equals.". 

Estimated number of two-reel features di- 
rected for Biograph from 1910 to 1912 
are 1.04, at the rate of one a week, at an 
average cost of $2,000, equals 208,000 

Estimated average gross of these 104 two- 
reel pictures at $20,000 equals.......... 

Number of four and five-reel pictures 
made by Griffith since he left Biogi-aph, 
and not Included in his outstanding 
achievements, is estimated around 100 
at an average of $25,000 each, equals... 2,500,000 

Estimated average gross of these four and 
five-reel features at $150,000, each equals 

OUTSTANDING PICTURES 

''Birth of a Nation". . . , . 110,000 

"Broken Blossoms" 115,000 

"Hearts of the World"......... 425,000 

"Intolerance" .1,600,000 

"The Love Flower".... 91,000 

"Idol Dancer"...., 93,000 

"V/ ay Down East" ► 635,000 

"Dream StreeV'.~.^ ;r; ; . .T"."; . . rrr — ^^337^000 

"Orphans of the Storm". • 760,000 

"One Exciting Night" 362,000 

"White Rose", 425,000 

"America" 795,000 

"Isn't Life Wonderful". 260,000 

"Sally of the Sawdust"..... 337,000 

"That Royle Girl". ... . .... 595,000 

"Sorrows of Satan". . ..................... 1,(^,000 

"Drums of Love" 505,000 

"Drums of Love" (3 months' gross) ...... . 

RECAPITULATION 
Total number of pictures made by Griffith — 427, 

427 pictures cost to produce 

427 pictures grossed. . , , , . . 



(Ap.) GROSSES. 



$2,060,000 



2,080,000 



15,000,000 

10,000,000 
1.260,000 
1,500,000 
1,750,000 

900,000 

963»000 
7,500,000 

950,000 
2,000,000 
1,150,000 

900,000 
1,750,000 

400,000 
1200,000 

900,000. 
1 .750,000 

600,000 



$11,409,000 
54,603,000 



F. N.'S THREE THRILLERS 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
First National has completed the 
first of its series of three mystery 
pictures with "The Haunted 
House." 

— Company^ls-now- preparing "Sev-CU: 
Footprints to Satan" and the third 
will be' "Sh! The Octopu.s." 



NEGRO STORIES ON SOUND 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Al Christie : will make Octavus 
Roy Cohen's negro Btorics, which 
have bpen appparing in the S.'itnr- 
dny Evening Po.st, as short subject 
talkers. 



Studio Reward Plan 

Los Angele.*;, S'.'pt, 4. 

Fjrf<t National Is adopting the 
same policy as Pnramount in en- 
couraging employes to pond fviifges- 
tl on s^f oiT-stu d i o=o pc ra ti <m...4 lii d^bfix, 
onioo, titles. 

One of the first to win check 
for a title was Gebrpo TlKmias. as- 
sistant to George Laiuly. .^tudio 
puliliclty director. H^- <iur^psted 
"Tlu! Crash" to be used U,v Milton 
SllKs' picture made undf-r tlu- rtojk- 
ing title of "The WrofUinf: rM.«;s." 
i Awards for eupgfsl ions (>{ thlis 
hiniX rangf- from $Co ti. . 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



13 



hside Stuff— Pictures 



The division of copyright registration in WaslUngton does not recog-, 
nlze a motion' picture studio as a p<>rmanent address, according to a 
letter from Tliorvald Solberg, registrar of copyrights, f wo employees 
oT a local studio had sent on a play for rcgistfation and in reply i-e- 
celVed word that they had given, as their address the Blank studio and 
■tatingr "there la a question as tp whether this Is a permanent or tem- 
porary address," adding that a permanent addi-ess should be gijen and 
not "one where each Is receiving rhall for the time being only." 

A new form was Inclosed. 
' Some of the boys in the studios are inclined to. give th.e registrar a 
hand on his ruling. 



In a' questionnaire sent to' picture exhibltor.s by the Department of 
Commerce at. Washington, an accompanying letter starts with: 

"The motion plbture industry has grown- to/ great importance In the 
Industrial fabric of the nation." 

The questionnaire calls for statistical ngnre.s of operation for the 
theatres. . 



iSqeneii for the Ilenley crew races In "Woman of Affalr.s" (M-G) .were 
Aimed oti a lake in Franklin canyon a few mlle.s from the M-G studios. 
The stretch selected Is an exact replica, of the cour.s-e on the Thames in 
iBnglan<1. 



ing yokel-s, they assumed the position of traveling correspondents for two 
leading national publications. 

Couple broke the ice through an elderly woman member of one of 
Hollywood's leading studio publicity offices. "VVampas credentials com- 
mittee had at that time just begun to function. After gaining entree 
to the studio' on the grounds of seeking interviews, the pair confessed 
to the elderly la'dy that they had lost their trunks and would she be so 
kind as to outfit them, in clothes from tlio studio's wardrobe department. 
This was done on a loan arriWtgeuient. To date there Is ho record of the 
clothes being returned. Couple then filled their date book witli appoint- 
ments to meet the various stars, alwiays at breakfast, luncheon or dinner. 

After being (Jlned and entertained several times by a male star they 
figured he was ripe to pluck. They had worked him up to" this paint 
of believing they would publish his life history but .needed move In- 
formation. He was asked if he could call at their iiome. Star gladly 
went and during the interview the couple made it plain they were doing 
him a great service, and since they were financially emharra.'^fled, asked 
if he woufdn't' give them $500, Actor deferred parting with the half 
grand until he could seek advice from the studio publicity office. When 
he told them what the deal was, the couple were immediately placed 
under suspicion and cut off from mivklrig any more appointments with 
their players. . 

Word soon .spread and the team found it tough going. 
Their record of being affiliated with the publications mentioned was 
Investigated only to have the publishers reply they did not know the 
writers. 



FILM NEWS 
OVER WORLD 



According to the American Air Transport Association's .statl.<stlcs, th« 
picture companlies ar« the largest useri3 of aerial parcel post,, the air 
mall carriers transporting an average of 15 reels of film daily between 
Hollywood and New York. The thousands of dollars of addltlo'nal box- 
ofTloe receipts gained thrbugh the two days' saving Is Inestimable, slncf 
negatives can be printed ahead of usual rail transportation schedul* 
and dl-stribution made more quickly available. Bankers and bond houses, 
jewelers and advertising agencies transmitting copy cros3-country follow 
In order named In extensive use of aerial parcel post. 



Fox studios have a printed blue book of Information that see;nis to be 
valuable In the making oT pictures on this lot. It is especially designed 
for directors not famlHar with the- i^esourcea of the coml)any. It con- 
tains Itemized lists of stock shots In the film library, what Is available 
In New York, shows who to call on for -trick effects, and what can be 
had In the way of permanent sets at the Fox Hills property. The use 
of this book not only saves time, but brings all the various opjerating 
departments of the studio Into closer relation-ship. 

. One of the cx-secretaries and chin wipers to a pro'minent film producer 
on the coast manages to hold down a seat warming job about the studio 
where he acts in the capacity of doublecrosser and chief stool pigeon. 

His main interest In the welfare of the studio seems to be to make 
the rounds of the 40-acre plant checking up mysterious looking strangers 
and automo'biles. His recent influence In effecting'a stop- order on all out- 
side automobiles entering the studio grounds Is understoo'd to have been 
Inspired by . a few competing bootleggers creeping in on his principal 
racket. To make this order seem reasonable to the producer he explained 
It would cut down fire hazard. 



, Columbia erected a glass tank 16 ft. by 16 ft. by 16 ft. to film certain 
tinder- water scenes. This Is the only tank of Its kind |n Hollywood, 
and is now being rented by Fox. Columbia expects to recover the 
cost of the tank from three days' rental to outside producers. 



Forced tcbbey his own orders was the experience of a young picture 
executive, who. In additio"n to his production activities. Is in charge of 
a Hollywood studio- He issued a no-exceptlon edict that, after a cer- 
tain hour daily, tl^e automobile galte of the lot be closed. 

A few evenings later he drove to the studio and, per his custo'm of 
parking hla car inside the lot, drove to the auto gate and was promptly 
refused admittance. 

"Orders of the studio manager," said the gateman. "But I'm Mr. 
, the manager," , the young executive protested. ''The It-^ 



you are," was the retort; "try a new one. I've heard that before." 

In his wrath, the y. e. is repotted to have started his car and crashed 
against the gate, but the latter held firm and the gateman only grinned. 
The y. e. backed away, parked In the street, then let himself into the 
Btudlo through the front door. He gathered an armful of credentials 
from his desk and started out for the gate. But he haa a sense of 
humor and-.-'hy the time he reached the gateman he had cooled off. 
When finally co'nvlnclng the . guardian of his Identity he complimented 
him on his strict adherence to orders. 



A scenario, writer has discovered a new source of obtaining names 
for screen characters. Instead of going to the phone book, as la the 
Usual custom, the writer selects his names fro'ta a seed and horticultural 
catalog with excellent results. 

Seed and plant dealer issuing these annual catalogs finds it profitable 
to cultivate certain flowers and nanrilng them after local flower fanciers 
who fall for the glory of having a bulb or flower named after them to 
the tune of several grand. The writer does not anticipate any shortage 
In names. 



Paramount has been having a hard Jo'b getting a girl to ■ play op 
poalte Richard DIx In "Red Skin." This plcture^ ia being made In color 
^nd' nioire^tha^n" 200' f emiH6^^ t for a Spanish typa. 

Aa tests are being made In technicolor, every foot Is costing the studio 
M centa. 



Another example of dishonor among gyp film producers on the eofeurt 
asserted Itself recently when one succeeded In Interesting a wealthy 
San Francisco grape juice man In the picture buslnesa. 
■ A company was organized with the usual ambitious plans and a 
pretentlotis production campaign got under way with » $100,000 budget 
allotted toi make the first picture. Big names were secured and 
production started. The backer, anxloua to see the first week'a rushea, 
went unannounced to the lab where the film waa stored while the 
original promoter waa working at a distant atudlo. He came In con- 
tact with another gyp producer loitering abo^ut and they became chundmy. 
Both reviewed the exposed ifilni; what the ^eco'nd gyp said about the 
work of the first was aa unmerciful aa unprlntahle. The backer, with- 
out any further investigation, stopped production and turned it over to 
the new' promoter who not only had a shadier rep but la known for mak 
ing amoiig the worst . pictures iii Hollywood. 

When the new director started to remake the aetora in the original 
east refused to woric Weeks of preparation for a new atory followed 
with moet of the original budget exhausted. When the new story waa 
oast and ready to start an additional $50,000 was requested. The backer 
"Wired that the well had gone dry. 



Mei 'an Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, no'w directing Paramount'a 
"Four Feathers," are doing an Alphonso and. Gaat->n In regard to wnose 
came shaU be first In billing and advertising. 

Cooper wants SchoeffSack'a name to come flrat while SchoedAack in- 
sists upon Co'oper having the honor. The Rath Bi others, acrobeta, used 
to blame It on each other In taking bows, too. 



A couple of high powered joumallsta, posing aa man and wife, blew 
Into Hollywood a year agC while suppoaedly en route to China. They 
■ran out of funds but knowing the territory ia filled with publioltr Mek^ 



A woman who' writes for a national syndicate recently put this over 
on a prominent picture producer at Aguii Caliento, known as the Monte 
Carlo of America. 

The woman, accompanied by another chatterer and a male deputy of 
hers, is .tiaid td have imbibed quite fieely wliile at the re.sort..^ She ap- 
proached the producer and asked him to loan her $25, He did, "and about 
10 minutes later came back with a cheap piece of jewelry In her hand 
saying. "Will you loan me $200 on this? You can keep it as sectirlty." 
The producer burned a little, said "it wasn't necessary," and turned 
over the $200. 

After she. went away and probably lost the $200, she reported back 
to say, "you know I only make a very little salary," she's repo'i-ted to get 
plenty, "and can I pay you off at $50, a week?" The producer, not 
caring much whether he got the money, or not, said "Okay, anyway, you 
want it.". 



In controversies between the American Federation of Musicians and 
picture house owners, on the sight and sound picture situation, the union 
has not as yet taken a definite stand against the talkers as an auxiliary 
part of a picture house program. 

If the orchestra Is retained the union finds no squawk against wiring. 
But with smaller theatre owners continually claiming the expense of 
wiring makes them unable to afford a pit- prchestra, the musicians' 
union must assume complete opposition against sight and sound pic- 
tures, according to trade opinion. To date the only publip statement 
the union has made against the talkers is that mechanical music Is in- 
ferior to that produced by pit musicians. 

First official actlo'n against synchronized films was in Chicago where 
James C. Pctrillo, president of tlie Chicago Federation of Musicians, de- 
manded - that Class Six theatres Increase their orchestras from four to 
six men when wiring for synchronization. This Is accepted by the the- 
atre owners as a frank move by the union to check wiring activltleg 
thro'ugh increasing the overhead . of a- wired house. 



Prominent male screen star who has built up a large following among 
the Boy Scouts for his athletic prowess and Ideals for clean living 
allowed his name to be linked with a testimonial for advertising a 
cigaret. While the star does not advocate smoking, among the Boy 
Scouts, and waa somewhat reluctant to lend his name to the ad, but 
was sold on the. Idea when the cigaret company offered to donate $3,000 
to charity. When the ads appeared the star became bombarded with 
letters from all parts of the country criticizing him for knocking the 
props from the Ideals he set before American boyho'od. The star burned 
up and did all he could tb stop any further use of his name In connec- 
tion with the ads. . 



•Washington, Sept. 4. 
Summary of reports for\yarded to 
the motion picture section the 
Department ,of Commerce: 
Film Theatre for Caracas 
A picture theatre is . to be loci^ted 
in a three-story building. It will 
have a seating capacity of approxi- 
mately 1,500. According to plans, 
this will be the finest lUm theatre 
in this section of South America. It 
is expected to be completed withia 
one yeai". 



Among the many fan lettera received in Hollywood seeking advice 
pertaining to the movlea, was one sent to Do'ris Dawson, First National 
player, frbm an admirer in Goldfield, Nev. Text of the letter sought in- 
formation on where the slghter should apply for a job as a double for 
animals in sound pictures. 

Rancher qualified himself for such a jol> by claiming he spent most 
of his time learning to moo like a cow, bark like a dog, bey like a horse, 
bleat like a sheep and chip like a chlpmUnk. He was learning to rattle 
llkiB a rattlesnake, but his wife objected. It made her . nervous. 

He had been Informed doubles In the movies make a lot of money. 

Two censorship test cases on talkers are being carried on appeal to 
the U. S. Supreme Court. Curiously enough. In one Pennsylvania Fed- 
eral Court, It waa ruled in favor of Fox-Case'a Movietone that scenario' 
dialog be not censored on the ground It would be unconstitutional ahd 
abrogate the freedom of speech. In the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone 
test case. In the same state, but before another Federal district court, 
move censor^Ip was held to apply to talker sequences as well aa 
celluloid dramaturgy. 

'Both sides are appealing each case for a test precedent ruling on the 
issues. Meantime, dialog Is being submitted along with film to censor 
bodlea, since the script changes, if any, have been of a minor nature 
thus far, and relatively Unimportant. 



Averaf e "cost of isyhchro^nlzlhg^^ '$l5 tb~$20^000 "al- 

though it cornea aa high aa $1,000 a minute for the Paramount produc- 
tloria, totaling $50,000 to ; $60,000, owing to their expensive composing 
personnel and the necessity of creating musical thematica for the world 
market which would be free ot^ahy international copyright entangle- 
ments. 

The difficulty right now. In the deal the Electrical Research Products, 
Inc., haa With E. C. Mills, the music publisher-s* arbiter, is that the mu- 
sical copyrights Mills represents are only for the U. S. and Canada. For 
the foreign market, In synchro'nlzed sound pictures, considerable techni- 
cal difficulty, and possible litlga-tibn, is boiind to ensue unless the in- 
dividual numbers represented on the film's musical scores are arranged 
for with the foreign copyright owners. 



Australian Notes 

(Received from Assistant Trade 
Commissioner Charles F. Baldwin, 
Sydney.) 

Each of the five states vial tod re- 
cently bjr Walter Marks, Australian 
commissioner for films, have an- 
nounced willingness to co-operate 
with the Commonwealth Govern- 
ment in putting into effect the rec- 
ommendations of the Royal Film 
Commission. This report Is unofRt 
cial, however, as Marks was unwill- 
ing to make any public utterance 
before submitting a report to Prime 
Minister Bruce. 

it has been reported that the 
labor governments, now in power 
in western Australia ami Queens- 
land, greeted the proposals of Mark's 
with ready approval. It is expected, 
locally that, upon the return of 
Marks from a visit to Canada, the 
United States and Europe, a com- 
monwealth film bill Avill be Intro- 
duced In the federal parliament. 



Keen competition among some of the screen players on the coast to 
be . known aa the possessor of speaking voices ia responsible for the 
latest racket among the more unscrupulous press agents. 

Story goea out to a complacent chatterer that Mlaa Tottoy Cough- 
dropa, who recently played a. prominent role opposite the male star In 
Hokua haa been called back to do several dialog sequencea with the 
star. Investigation invariably brlnga dut the report la just bunk. 

Pete WoodhuD wants it understood that he Is not press agentlng for 
Danbury Theatrea, Inc., as repo'rted In Variety. 

^,^,ftffi_.^lrect<>jr._jcrf .p^^ 

being, "I do not do any writing, but I will watch what Is wrltten,- 

Employeea of producing companies who lose no opportunity of getting 
in touch with promlting screen candidates find that widely circulated 
photograpba in advertisements may not be relied upon implicitly. 

Secretary of a pro'minent producer waa much taken by the features 
of a young man displayed In the advertising of a collar company. With 
tba consent of hla chief he got In communication with the original and 

(Contintied on peige 24) 



Gaumont Wants Australian Films. 

It Is understood that reciprocal 
arrangements are how : being made 
through Gauniont British to ac- . 
quire and release certain Australian 
produced pictures throughout the 
British Isles. This arrangement ia 
said to have .resulted from the re- 
cent visit to London of the manag- 
ing director of British Dominion 
Films. Melbourne, wlilch will act 
as the Australian and Kew Zealand 
representativies for Gaumont. It ia 
stated that a substantial cash de- 
posit will be paid on each approved 
Australian picture, in addition to .» 
guarantee and a percentage. 

Action on Cenaorahip Board 

Action has been taken by tha 
commonwealth government to con- 
stitute the film censoi'Ship board' of 
three persons Recommended by the. 
royal commission. According to the 
recommendation the board wlU In- 
clude one woman. 

Appointments will be for one year 
only. 



Hert^ Sues Weiss, Partner, 
For $50,000 Over Stock 

Bridgeport, Conn.,^©pt. 4. 

Maurice Hertz, Weiss'' Amuse- 
ment Corp., Stamford, movie- hpuso 
operators, Is suing his partner in 
the firm, Samuel Weiss, for $50^000. 

Hertz claims that Weiss loaned 
him $11,000 and took 74 shares of 
stock In the company as coIlateraL 
Weiss refuses to return the stoclc, 
although Hertz has mpney to pay 
off the loan. 



Island's 1 Wired House 
Holding Films a Week 

Long Island's lone wired house 
has but 800 seats and Is doing phe-. 
nonienal business. Where the Arlon, 

In MI5<^^? jy^lJ?^??' used^ to change 
four aril five times a weei: It la 
now SROinff 'with but a Single 
change. 

Theatre is operated by Rosenthal 
and his son. They were among the 
flr£lt Indies to sign with Western 
Electric. 



Seider's Mysterious Trip 

Joe Selder, Jersey indie leader, 
is planning a three months' leave 
of ahsence in Europe which he la 
surrounding with all of the mys- 
tery of a grind meller. 

It isn't a vacation. He's going 
to look over the English and Ger- 
man theatre situation, declaring 
thar's biz over them waters which 
will keep him occupied. He ia 
screduled to sail on the lUe do. 
France Sept. 29, 



SHEEIBAN'S STRAIGHT FUMS 

^-^..^..^^^.^^ Ch.lgja£g.^Sgj 

Shf-rldan theatre, showing pic- 
tures and presentations, may go 
straifjht pictures .soon. 

Kepnrt i.s that the Chicago Title 
and Tru.st Co., operating receivers 
of the hou.se, are dLssatisfled with 
the stnge shows and prefer to let 
tlie houpip r.o into a grind. Final 
docision will be reached at a meet- 
ing today (Tuesday). 



14 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



MOVIETONE NEWSREEL 
8ept. 1. 

7 Clips; 6 Mins. 
Strand, N. Y. 

Series of astonishingly vivid and 
faithful sound reproductions. Quiet 
but nice mixture of topical Interest, 
comedy effect and novelty. No 
punch. '. 

. Starts mildly with scenes In a 
European al fresco cafe, with mu- 
•Ic of orchestra and gag (for U. S.) 
of popping wine corks. Topical 
■hots of President Green of the 
A. F. of Ij. In a Labor Day address 
with expression of Labor's hopes 
for a five-day . week. Carried by 
news Interest, 

Group of Elks making up the 
Pottsville lodge's operatic choir 
leathered at Atlantic City for a hoU- 
. day and giving a concert on the 
board walk.' Sing number from one 
©f the standard operas. Subject 
rather blah, but sound reproduction 
flawless. 

Steps up in punch with views of 
the West . Point cadets in isummef 
camp. Dandy laugh when one of 
the boys, unidentified and; little sus- 
pecting he was going on record, is 
heard to blurt out clearly, "What 
the hell do you think of that"! 

Clip froni miscellaneous collec- 
tion of. fillers shows baby about 

, four months old In whole gamut of 

* baby moods. Starts with sunny 
smile and gurgling chuckles. Face 
suddenly clouds and Chuckles turn 
lo catch in the throat. Then into 
black thunderstorin with tears and 
moans and ends with all stops out, 
mouth wide open like a capital "O" 
for a devastating roar of indigna- 
tion. Women in ecstacles at this. 

Billy Sunday In typical bit of 
gospel ^ patter, loud, fast, lurid in 
delivery and phrase, together with 
baseline coiaching gestures and 
characteristic professional revival- 
ist stage business. Camera switches 

. to big auditorium crowded with 
thousands with Homer Rodeheaver 
leading community singing of fa- 
miliar hymn. Fliie effect of mass 
singing of old chant. Corking me- 
cha:nlcal reproduction of complicated 
phonetic ensemble. 

Finish has the big kick, a detail 
of U. S, Army men destroying a 
couple carloads of seized booze. One 
official vandal, to the audible an- 
guish of the audience, wades into 
* small mountiain of champagne 
magnums and smashes the bottleis 
one by one with a long handled 
bammer, every blow and tinkling 
crash a painful plucking of Amer- 

I Jean heartstrings. Perfect for . com- 
edy results. Clip, ends with more 
legal Philistines hurling more cham- 
pagne bottles against a stone wall, 
each making a squashy "plop" and 
getting ' a giggle or a groan from 
out front. 

Seven minutes 6f silent topical 
clips precede sound records, evenly 
divided between Pathe and Fox, No 
•political matter in subject. Rush. 



SALLY FIELDS 
VITAPHONE NO. 2147 
Comedy Monolog and Song 
7 Minutes 
Clinton, New York 

Formerly of legit, Sally FioidK 
displays a brand of Hebe dialect 
comedy which did not click in. this 
house, probably because it was not 
broad enough. Girl is there on de- 
livery, but in need of material to 
get over in a talker for the picture 
house trade. This effort , Is weak 
and unsuited for .jthe closing 9pot, 
as in this instance. Record can be 
used to open. ! 

The skit is entitled "The Hos- 
tess." In a wordy introduction Miss 
Fields explains that her husband is 
responsible for her going to work 
in a night club. No laughs or In- 
terest in this recitation. Miss 
Fields next goes into a comedy 
monolog with an invisible silk buy- 
er, dialect registering mildly. 
, Closes singing "Hello, Bluebird," to 
good results, indicating the lines on 
which Miss Fields should build up 
in future. Mori. 



ADELE LE NARR 
VITAPHONE NO. 611 
Song and Dancing 
10 Minutes 
Clinton, New York 

About the best thing in this talk- 
ing short is Miss Le Narr's appear- 
ance. She looks young and nifty 
and the rest is about as good as 
the average. Opens with a few vo- 
cal numbers which are pleasing, but 
do not register fully on account of 
mechanical defects in the record. 

Acrobatic danping is okay but 
doesii't get a ripple. No kind of 
dancing seems tb feflstef from' the 
screen for applause. Her Imitation 
Of Eddie Leonard's "Roly Boly 
ryes" Is 111-advlsed. It's a number 
depending on' flawless delivery and 
Miss Le Narr doesn't quite get it. 

Not a. surefire record, though it 
can be used as a filler in the minor 
houses, but it should give the girl 
a letter of recommendation for an- 
other try in talkers with more 
suitable material. iforl. 



DOLLY CONNOLLY and 

Percy Wenrich. 
VITAPHONE NO. 2583. 
8 Mins. 

Clinton, New York. 

Dolly Connolly photpgra,phs and 
records great and has the needed 
Bock In putting over songs. She 
was a little self-conscious but after 
getting a slant on herself, should 
-correct the^technique,,a-n(lsail_jlp^r^ 
to better advantage when next re- 
cording. 

Percy Wenrich, the composer, 
at the piano and soloing with a 
medley of his songs. In regulation 
vaudeville style. He has a strong 
clear-carrylnff voice and fine ap- 
pearance. 

• This twosome is worthy of a re- 
peat, a fact not pertaining thus far 
to the average talking short. Land, 



CHARLES HACKETT 
VITAPHONE No. 2379 
iSongs.; 10 Mins. , 
Strand, Yonkers 

Chicago Opera tenor in two songs, 
"Where Is Sylvia" and Schubert's 
"Serenade." Special set of a pretty 
garden and house exterior spots first 
song nicely. A good looking blonde 
inspires- the vocalizing. 

Second number is sung* outside a 
balcony with the girl in silhouette. 
Closeups show her listening. 

Hackett has appearance and voice 
but the entertaining value of oper- 
atic stars in the average picture 
house is questionable. Con. 



"HAWAIIAN NIGHTS" 
VITAPHONE NO. 422 
Instrumental, Dancing; 10 Mins. 
Strand, Yon4c>'s 

Native musicians^ playing steel 
guitars.; Set is a beach . scene. Two. 
dancing girls do their native dance, 
each contributing a solo. Men sing 
and play repertoire consisting of all 
the familiar Hawaiian tunes. 

Long shots of the girls dancing, 
which .Include • the. background of 
musicians, are unsatisfactory. Bad 
direction at this point. Girls should 
have had closeups all through the 
dance. Otherwise a good number. 

Con. 



. SUBMARINE 

Columbia production featuring Jack Jio\t. 
Directed by Frank R. Gapro. Stipervieed by 
Irvln WlUat. • Story by Nonnau Springer. 
Adapted by Winifred . Duiin. Continuity 
by Dorothy Howell, Film editor. Arthur 
Roberts. . Cameraman, .JOe VV'talker. Har- 
ri^n Wiley, art director. Buddy Coleman, 
assistant director. At .Smbassy, New 
.York, for run at |1.50, starting Aug. 30, 
Hunnlng time, one hovr .43 mins. 

Jack Dorgan Jack Holt 

Bob Mason,,.. .Ralph GraVcs 

Commander, .Clarence Burton 

The Boy .Arthur Rankin 

Si'iUggleo. .Dorothy Revler 



Columbia and the United States 
navy got together in a big way on 
this one, with the result that Co- 
lumbia obtained at small cost a 
good box-office picture and the navy 
got across some valuable propagan- 
da for itself. 

The picture refers specifically, to 
the ill-fated S-44, rammed and sunk 
by a cruiser during battle maneuv- 
ers a few years ago in California 
waters. Another submarine disas- 
ter occurred later on the Atlantic 
coast, a.nd between the east and 
west the navy was on the receiving 
end of much criticism. The news- 
papers, of the country devoted con- 
siderable editorial energy to lam- 
basting high naval officials. 
... Without entering the controversial 
aspects of the Tragedie9^,~''Subma= 
rine" presents to the public the 
navy's side.' Use of the S-44 was 
not entirely good Judgment, either 
as story-telling or as propaganda. 
The S-44 did not end happily and 
heroically in real life, as in the film. 
The story could have used a mythi- 
cal submirlnjs, accomplished its dra- 
matic and other purposes, as well, 
and not left loopholes for cynical 
comment. That, however. Is noth- 
ing for showmen to worry about. 

"Submarine" is a strong arid, stir- 
ring picture. It Is playing at the 
JEmba,<?sy at $1.50 an(J not a bad 
entertainment buy at that figure. 
For general release it should be an 
outstandor.. It's Columbia's second, 
straight picture on Broadway, and* 
It will add lustre to the compiany's 
standing nationally. 

Man's fight with the. forces of 
nature is always dramatic and the 
frantic efforts of the navy to get 
an air line down to the slowly- 
asphyxiating crew of the S-44 
makes natural drama. The under- 
sea »-photORraphy=-is=exGellent^wlth. 
no suggestion of laboratory faking 
to break the . thread of Illusion. 
"Subm?irlne" has novelty, suspense 
and, the Imprint, valid or not, of 
authenticity. 

It shows, sympathetically, the 
terrific odds against rescue work. 
The Intent is plainly to demon- 
strate that the navy quickly and 
intelligently does every thing that 
can possible be done In such ieiherg- 
encics. The film dramatizes the fight 



against nature, little homo pitting 
his brain, his daring and his will 
against the crushing weight and 
pressure of 400 feet of ocean depth; 
Down In the trapped submarine the 
argonlzing <Jrew Is commanded . by 
an oflfilcer of heroic moral measure 
ments. This part Is acted with a 
wealth of sincerity and . conviction 
by Clarence Burton. If the dread 
naught" boys have been peeved 
against the film Industry in the 
past fpr "Convoy" and other plc-r 
tures dealing with the njivy Biirtpn 
squares everything. He Is all an 
officer shonld be. . 

The hero of the proceedings Is a 
deep sea diver Impersonated by 
Ja:ck Holt (who has recently re- 
turned to Paramount to 4>lay gen- 
tleman cowboys). Holt's early 
cinematic career tended toward 
high hats, and drawing rooms and 
It seems )>Izarre to have him csheW- 
intr tobacco. However, he does 
make It plausible. 

Ralph Graves Is the diver's buddy 
and unwittingly the boy friend of 
the latter'* round-heeled wife. The 
diver has married In San Diego 
while his friend Is on- submarine 
duty; The fi^end, returning to port 
In the diver's absence, has a . hot 
week-end affair with the frail lady. 
In the blowrup the diver accepts 
his wife's alibi and the friends part 
bitterly. 

There is no love Interest, as such, 
in the picture but Dorothy Revler 
gives It sex appeal In the early se- 
quences. Miss Revler Is a f etchinj? 
damsel and seems top. classy to be 
a dance hall pick-up. But why be 
technlcair Columbia has a dra- 
matic and box office clicker. Land. 

State; Street Sadie 

(SOUND-DIALOG) 

Warner Bros, vBderworlA drama, .desig- 
nated' a Vlt«gr»pli apecial. Directed by 
Archie Hayo. Moslcal aoore by I«uls Sllr 
vers. Photography Barney McGlll, 

Conrad Nagel, Myma liOy and William 
Ruasell featored Ja caM. At the New York 
Strand Sept. 1.' Runalng time, 75 minutes. 

Aalph Blake...... .......Conrad. Nagel 

Slinkey Myrna Loy 

The Bat. . . . »k WHUam RuBsell 

iBobel Georgl6 Stone 

HawklBi Fat Hartigan 



Another mc»dlocre picture made 
into a good entertainment seller on 
the strength of Its dialog talking se- 
quences. . Audible passages are two 
in number, .both of them brief, per- 
haps four or five minutes long, but 
they put the fan clincher on the 
whole prodtictlon. 

This sound and dialog treatment 
is especially Interesting from the 
technical production angle. Aside 
from the story Incidents where the 
dlalogr Is employed, the story Is told 
with the aid of printed titles a;nd 
these screen explanatory flashes in 
the pre- Vita manner make up by 
far the larger footage. But it is the 
dialog bits that make the film. . 

Underworld theme Involves an. un- 
usually elaborate "planting" of cir- 
cumstance and antecedent story, and 
this Is covered In remarkably brief 
time with the audible talk. Tom 
Blake, employed in a bank, has 
somehow become Involved with a 
band of gunmen. They rob the 
bank, killing a policeman during the 
job, and fasten the murder upon 
Tom. The police are on Torii's heels 
at the opening, and the Introduction 
Is his suicide by gas, an especially 
good bit of suggestive filming. ^ Ac- 
tion is conveyed without actually 
showing the deed, through the me- 
dium of trick photography. At the 
moment of Tom's passing, his twin 
brother, Ralphs comes upon the 
scene, learns the situation froni a 
letter In the dead man^s effects, and 
resolves to avenge his framed 
brother. 

. He hides the t>ody Just as a mem- 
ber of the gansT arrives and mis- 
takes Ralph for Tom. Here is a 
fine dIa,log passage between the hero 
and the gangster In the persons of 
Conrad Nagel and George Stone, 
Step by step as hero and erunman 
exchange cautious chat, the under- 
lying situation grows up. Volc<e re- 
production is astonlsliiingly natural, 
ahdi both iBlsif have excellent voices 
and fine command of diction. 

Essence of the. whole situation is 
that the criminal band is supposed 
to be controlled by a mysterious mas- 
ter mind called "The Chief," while his 
orders are carried out by "The Bat" 
(played by William Russell), and it 
is against this hidden criminal that 
the hero directs his campaign. 

Ralph has to flee when the police 
are hot on his trail, and takes refuge 
in a strange apartment, which turns 
out (a hard to take coincidence) to 
be the home Of the daughter of the 
policeman slain In the bank robbery. 
They Join forces and therein comes 
the romantic side of the plot, the 
pair, pretending to be criminals 
themselves, go into the night club 
hang;out of the outlaw band. 

Even the gangsters do not knpw 
the idenUty of the "Chief." "The sec- 
ond straight dialog passage, which 
serves to build up the sinister at- 
mosphere, is between "The Rat" and 
one of his lieutenants, A tricky 
handling- of this Is that the KS-ng- 
stei^s-eflforts-to_=.flnd:^"5'!ie,^Jef!s:^ 
identity and "Bat' " maneuvering to 
outwit him. Is done entirely In a 
surface vein of comedy while un- 
derneath there Is a feeling of sinis- 
ter cruelty. 

Story from there builds up by 
titles and fast action— on the pur- 
suit Of hero after "Chief culmin- 
ating when "Bat" himself is re- 
vealed as the master mind and has 
the hero In his power. Just at the 
moment the motorcycle squad of 



police bandit chasers comes dashing 
up in battle formation, with much 
shrieking' of sirens and. popping of 
guns, and finale' Is a roof top battle, 
medley of thrilling noises as wicked 
spitting of machine guns, bark of 
.45 and crash of glass. Sound adds 
vastly to effect of this climax, glv 
ing it a riaelodramatic kick that 
would be absent in a silent screen 
ing, It is these details of sound ef 
feet that saves a story in spite of 
itself. For the story thread, ihe- 
chanical and unconvincing In itself, 
isia pret^ weak sister 

Nagel IS an asset for the talkers 
So is William RusselK This was to 
be expected. The "find" is in Georgle 
Stone, hitherto player of underworld 
bits, but here displaying, a capital 
knack Of nice delivery of a comedy 
talking- role, Myrna Loy, with her 
exotic style, doesn't suggest the 
dauighter of sL policeman, and cer 
talnly not the type that could, sue 
coasfuily vamp a tough gunman. Her 
audible contribution Is practically 
nil. 

Effective melodrama picture that 
will meet all needs of the talking 
program. At the Strand they were 
packed In. uncomfortably on the 
evening shows of the opening day. 
The "sound" billing apparently 
brought 'em to the "home of the 
talkers," and the picture obviously 
satisfied them. ^ Riish. 



THE AIR CIRCUS 

(SOUND- DIALOG) 

Fox production and release, with 16 mine, 
of Movietone, dialogue. . Louise Dresser, Ar- 
thur Lake, Sue Carroll and David Rollins 
featured. Story by Qraham Baker dnd An- 
drew BennlsoH; . Directed by Howard Hawks 
and Lew Seller, . Dialogue staged, by Charles 
Judels. Titles by Wllllttm Kernell. Film 
editor, Ralph Dlkon, Cameraman, - Dan 
Clark, At Gaiety. New York, opening Sept. 
1 at $2 top. Running tim^, 88 mins., 

Mrs, Blake. ..Louise Dresser 

Buddy Blake....... ...........David Rollins 

Spe6d Doollttle.,, Arthur tAke 

Sue Manning , , Sue Carol 

Charles Manning. .Charles Delaney 

Jerry McSwlggln. I ......... .Heinle Conklln 

Lieut, Blake, .............. ..Karl Robinson 



With or without the talking se- 
quence this is Just a program pic- 
ture, about . two 16-year-old high 
ischool kids who take a course in 
aviation. Expert direction has. man- 
aged to make a fairly Interesting 
lightweight number out of a script 
thiEit holds nothing but background 
and a plot that doesn't exist. There 
is no love interest and the sole and 
only drama in the entire hour 
and a half Is when. One of the two 
kids, develops a case of fright .and 
has. to fight it out with'himself. 

The talking sequence runs a.bout 
15 minutes. The. boy's mother ar- 
rives from Tpsllanti, .Michigan,' to 
visit the Pacific School of Aviation. 
The boy is in his room sobbing into 
a pillow. Downstairs the students 
of less nervous disposition are mak- 
ing whoopee with their girl friends. 
Mother and son have a sentimental 
session, with tears splashlnjg: every 
way. ; This scene probably will grip 
the women. It reduces the hero of 
the film to the status of a big baby. 

Comedy is worjced in prior to the 
mother's arrival between Arthur 
Lake and Sue Carroll. Lake is the 
comedian of the picturer and a^ very 
good one; He stands out also in the 
dialogue. Miss Carroll does nicely 
and is at all times an attractive fig- 
ure, despite her negative position in 
the story. Louise Dresser, veteran 
stage knd screen actress, had no 
trouble with the microphone, and 
the blah-blah of David Rollins was 
okay. 

However, interpolating a talking 
short in the midst of a programmer 
doesn't make It $2, "Air Circus" is 
a fill-in, booking for Fox. It plays 
one week at the Gaiety and moves 
over to the Globe, to finish Fox's 
lease there expiring - Oct. 8. For. 
Broadway with Movietone support 
that will probably be Just about 
right. 

One circumstance sticks out in 
"Air Circus," Throughout the film 
the name "Pacific School Of Avia- 
tion" appears. It's on the hangars, 
the planes, the overalls and the sta- 
tioniary. With the story glorifying 
professional aviation this film; Is a 
prospectus for the school and -will 
mean dough to them when the pic- 
ture, starts to circulate In the small 
towns. "Wings," which contained 
no plug of any sort and was sombre 
and tragic rather than a week-end 
picnic, increased the business In the 
aviation schools all over the coun- 
try. 

"Air Circus" ha^ advantages that 
offset its faults. The aviation stuff, 
some of It faintly technical. Is excel- 
lent, with special reference to Dan 
Clark's photography, / There Is some 
reliable comedy by Lake arid Helnie 
Conklin, It totaLs a moderate. . 

Land. 



CARDBOARD LOVER 

Metro-Gold wyn-Mftyer relcasQ of Marlon 
Davlf..<i' production, starring Mlsa Davle.s. 
Jetta, G'omlnl and Nils AHthcr underlined. 
Adaptod from the play of the same name 
by Carey Wilson. TMrected by R, Z. 
I.eonanl with T.uille Newmark titling and 
John Arnold rnmcr.xmnn. At the Capitol, 

New^Yoi:kv-w.cek^o£=.SQpt,_,l.,=jRunnln6.U0w;,_ 
71 mlno. 

Sally, , .Marlon Davloa 

Slmono i , Jotta Uoudal 

Andro , ,.,Nlla Asther 

SIgnor IVirlno ....Andres do Segurola 

Alglney... Tenen. HoUz 

Poppy, pepl i^derer 

Evidently encouraged by her suc- 
cess as a comedienne, Marlon 
Davles has left farce for low corii- 
ody. And they yell. About the only 
thing she doesn't do in this One is 



to heave a pie. She's gone beyond 
her Imltutions. Now she muga, in 
and out of closeups, and the balcony 
bunch, iove It. The howl at tlio 
Capitol Saturday night was Mi.ss 
Davles placing a piping hot water 
bottle on Nils Asthor's tummle. For 
program purposes deliberation 
deems it a nice comedy of good 
background with no particular high 
spot. Its reception at the perform- 
ance viewed rates it close to a wow. 

Regardless of what the play did 
or was, as a picture "Cardboard 
Lover" unwinds in a series of 
sequences, each having its hoped for 
comedy climax' and running off 
much like short stories, almost 
blackouts, concerning the sanie peo- 
ple. Some of these passages are 
necessarily better than others with 
the le.ss interesting prone to be 
rather quiet. As a balance there 
are a couple of. spots where they 
screamed. It's splotty coriipositloh 
that possibly isn't as Important as. 
it might bejjecause of the transpar- 
ent story Which telegraphs its itin- 
erary in the first reel and which the 
pieces of business smother. 

Miss Davles, as Sally, is an auto- 
graph hound touring the continent 
with a group of schoolmates. One 
look at . Andre, France's tennis 
champ, and he's her supreme ob- 
jective. Ah edict permitting the 
students to be on their own for 
five hours nightly supposedly al- 
lows the time for . Sally to follow 
the athlete into his home to keep 
him from the vamping Simone. Sallly 
has Intentionally made herself the 
third party of the triangle after dis- 
covering Simone isn't on the level 
with her a,ll- believing lover. Andre 
strikes a bargain with Sally to keep 
him away from Simone and that's 
the basis of all following situations. 

Miss Davles romps, flirts, smirks 
and is happy as the good little devil. 
Intent on getting her man. She 
takes falls, uncorks an^ Excellent Inl- 
Itation. of Miss Goudal, does consid- 
erable . polite mugging and gives 
herself a buck tooth front during a 
scene after she. has changed clothes 
with a bellboy. And Leonard, tak- 
ing no chances, first shows the bell- 
hop sneaking out in long under- 
wear and then fleelrig in the girl's 
clothes: They howled, at this, too, 
which makes the director right as 
far as this house is concerned. . 

Nothing subtle iabout this release. 
Just broad hoke within rich inte- 
riors and s61d on Miss Davies' ap'^ 
pearance, willingness and ability to 
forget her dignity. Miss Goudal does 
her undulating and scheming siren, 
continuously annoyed by the antics 
of the American girl. In eccentric 
clothes, whilo Asther makes a good 
looking, and personable chap of the; 
boy torn by his infatuation for the 
sophisticated coquette and regret- 
ting his bargain with . the naivie 
Silly, whom he eventually elects to 
take as wife. Other cast consid- 
erations are strictly secondary. 

Censors In ~ certain sections are 
apt to play with these reels In that 
spot where Sally dons pajamas to 
convince the visiting Sinrlone that 
she's moved in and flaunts, a bit of 
crepe de chine as the convincei*. But 
it's of harmless intent with Mlas 
Davles clowning the bit. 

Picture seems strong enough to 
give. Miss Davles some additional 
r.p.m. for her comedy career, but 
how long they'll accept her in such 
broad technique is open to discus- 
sion. Possibly Leonard saw the 
script as hopeless without dippingr 
into : the old hokum bucket, and 
thereby saved a chestnut. But the 
Idea remains that Miss Davles' droll 
efficiency deserves more script con- 
sideration where it Isn't necessary 
for her to straddle and sprawl. 

Sid.' 



THE WATER HOLE 

Paramount release of P. Richard Jonea 
production co-/eaturing Jack Holt and 
Nancy Carroll In JSane Grey's story. Runs 
CO minutes at Paramount, New York, week 
of Sept. 1. 

Philip Randolph. ,,,.Jack Holt 

Judith Endlcott, Nancy Carroll 

Bert Durland.; John Boles 

Mr. £ndlcott Montague Shaw 

Dolores ...Ann 'Christy 

'Ma" Bennett..,..,. .Lydla Teamans Titus 

Ray , ; .Jack Ferrln 

Mojave, .-.Jack Mower 

Diego Paul Ralll 

Shorty Tex Young 

Joe.......;,. Bob Miles 

Indian ..,Greg Whltespear 



They have Jack .Holt back in 
Westerns, doing a glorified he-man 
of Arizona role, in contrast to the 
effete east wherefrom the spoiled 
and capricious Nancy Carroll as the 
heroine hails. The action switches 
from the hietropolis to an Arizonian 
reclamation tract when Holt, in 
partnership with the heroine's 
father, goes west for the project. 

Miss Carroll who had successfully 
wagered she would make Holt pro- 
pose to her within a week back 
east follows him to Arizona in ire- 
tallation for a fancied slight. 

The story is one of those present- 
day tamlng-of-the-shrcw affairs 
with the flapper heroine quite con- 
scious of the leading man's plans 
and^Into-ntiohs,^c.ven-^unto^being -^a.. 
willing captor in a "kidnapping" 
S(7cne, until the climatic lost-in-the- 
desert sequences. 

There is U\e menace also in the 
form of an evil cowpuncher who* 
for. some unexplained reason, is re- 
tained in Holt's employ despite his 
avowedly frank threat to "get" the 
hero. 

The nnt-to-he-analyzod sorvnes and 
(Continued on page 2S) 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIETY 



15 



PARAMOUNT^ more than 



ever before 



LEADER ! 



Pnruinotint's mnmtnolii [lollywooil 
studios working day and night i>r<>- 
dlictng 192R-9*s big quality product 
for exhibitorSf 





"THE PATRIOT" 

Jannings-Lubitsch triumph 
•batters Uroadwuy records 




^Paramount is delivering, as always, the best pictujpes in 
the business, the most pictures in the business, to the 
most theatres. That's LEADERSHIP. q^The Patriot" 
is hailed as "^Hhe greatest of all motion pictures" and is 
smashing Broadway records to bits. "Wings", most 
astounding of all S2 attractions, is ready, ^The Wedding 
March", road show calibre, is on the way. Claira Bow's 
greatest, ''The Fleet's In!" will mop up. iDix in ''Warming 
Up", a nation-wide sensation. 12 hits for August jand Sep- 
tember. 20 knockouts in work. ^ Harold Lloyd starts first 
talking picture, flf For every theatre in the United States, 
wired or not. Paramount is the one backbone service. 




**WFNCS*» 

World's sreatest road .bow 
releascdt sound or silent 




*1 he WEDDING MARCH" 

Von Strolicim's ?2 innrvcl 
aouiid or silent 






UNT 



•THE FLEET'S INI'» 

Clara Dow'it hit( long run 
show de luxe 



Leads the Field, Sound or Silent! 




Co m i n ^ : S P K C I A L 
S PKAK I > (i S M O R I S 



"WARMING UP" 

BIchard Dix Iiit.rlraiilngup* 
sound or silent 




*'F()RnoTrKN fac:es 



MOTION PICTURE HEADQUARTERS -""^ff:s^y:n^r- 



16 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Musicians Open Key Fight on 
Talkers in Clu; 750 M 
Mgrs. Serve Injunction on Union 



Ohicaeo, Sept. 4. 

Four tt-mporary injimctionjs re 
struihinfi: the Chicago Federation of 
Musii'ians* officials from calling or 
threatening to call a strike among 
picture house musicians were issued 
Saturday in United : States District 
Court by Federal Judge James H. 
Wilkerson to Balaban & Katz, Lub- 
liner & Trinz, Guaranty Trust Co. 
of New York (operating National 
playhouses. Inc.) and Chicago Title 
ife Trust Co. (operating Aseher 
Bros, theatres). 

The in.iunctions also enjoined the 
muisicians' officers from exercising 
authority over members of the 
union, from demanding that class 
six (neighborhood) theatre employ 
six mpri, and restrained musicians 
from leaving or threatening to leave 
their places of employment. 

■Officials of the Federation of Mu 
fsiclans met the situation today by 
informing musicians, in all class six 
neighborhood hou.ses that inasmuch 
H!3 their contract had expired Sun- 
day midnight and no hew agree- 
ment had been reached, they were 
at liberty to leave the theatre If 
they, eho.se. Monday morning about 
.SO per cent of, the orchestras and 
organists in class six theatres fajled 
to mnke an appearance, and the 
others started, leaving al.'5o when 
realizing the union was appariently 
unable to .i.ssue orders becau.se of 
the restraining writs. 

Class .seven theatres, which in- 
'•lude all but two stage band houses, 
were not affected by the voluntary 
walkout, nor were any vaudeville 
hou.ses. Stratford theatre, operated 
in bankruptcy by the Chicago Title 
and Trust Co., and Piccadilly thea- 
tre, owned by Scho.enstadts, are only 
stage band houses without musi- 
tfi.'ins. 

All cliiSK six houses remaining 
open witlioiit music, although some 
sire using meohanical devices. . All 
Jjubliuer & Trinz and smaller Bala- 
ban & Katz houses included In 
walkout. 

Petrillo of musiciaTis' union nor 
Miller of E3xhibitors' Association 
has signified intention to come to 
ngreemeht on contract, Joseph 
•Weber of American Federation of 
Musicians and William Green of the 
American Federation of Labor are 
•here In conference with Petrillo. 
Ilearing on temporary injunctions 




CHARLES ALTHOFF 

WASHINGTON "DAILY NEWS" 
August 6, 1928 

"Charlie Althoff, the rube 
fiddler, is literally applauded 
under— not appearing after his 
tenth bow; etc., etc." E. 



issued set for Sept. 10. Seven^ hun- 
dred and fifty musicianis out, affect 
ing about 200 theatres. 

Darrpw Retained. 

All officers of the union arid most 
orchestra leaders of the 300 theatres 
Involved were . served with copies of 
the injunctions; James C. Petrillo, 
president of the union, Immediately 
engaged Attorneys Clarence S. Dar 
row, Donald Rlchberg and David 
Liliehthal as counsel in the contro- 
versy. At a conference with union 
officials Sunday Attorney DaiTow 
stated that ina.smuch as the class 
siic theatre musicians' contracts ex- 
pired Sunday at midnight the writs 
Were without backing of any law 
compelling them to return to work 
Monday. Although the union would 
not order them out, he said, there 
was nothing to prevent them leav- 
ing on their own initiative. 

The injunctions are accepted as a 
move to stop a possible, general 
theatre musician.s' strike, which 
would call out men in the Loop and 
neighborhood de luxe houses who 
already have entered upon the third 
and last year of their contract. 

Saturday Petrillo said: "This, has 
cea.sed to be m<>rely a local fight. 
William Green, president of the 
American Federation of Labor, and 
President Joseph Weber of the. 
American Federation of Musicians 
will be here for a conference on the 
national situation. Georgie Browne 
of the stage hands' union and Tom 
Maloy of -the operators' union arc 
included. 

Calls It "Finish Fight" 
•'This is. part of the Publix-^ Para- 
mount fight to crush the unions as- 
sociated with their employees, Bal- 
aban & Katz is part of this chain of 
450 theatres from coast to coast, 
dominating the exhibiting endi We 
didn't call any strike, but they went 
to court and said we had, using that 
as an opening wedge. They're out 
to get us, and it looks like a finish 
fight. 

"We saw this coming in May 
when we voted to form a war chest 
by levying $2 a week on every union 
mu.sician. Thi.s was to start 
Sept. 3." 

Barney Balaban of Balaban & 
Katz denied Pctrillo's claims, stat 
ing Publix officials probably haven't 
heard of the local situation. He said 
Publix and Paramount are get- 
ting along with unions wherever the 
unions will listen to reason. 

Jack Miller, president of the Ex- 
hibitors Association, reiterated for- 
mer statements that many theatre 
owners are hard pressed financially 
.and aren't particularly worried if 
the musicians walk out. "The the- 
atres involved," he said, "could not 
afford to hire orchestras and main- 
tain the hew music devices also." 

Union Statement 

Following' conference with his at- 
torneys, Petrillo issued a statement 
to musicians containing the follow- 
ing statements in brief: 

"Members whose contracts do not 
expire are. urged to carry out their 
contracts. 

. "Members, whose con tract?, exp ire 
Sept. 2 arc .informed their 'oiiTceT.s 
have been unable to reach agree- 
ment with owners or agents of the- 
atres involved. Therefore, there will 
be no contract in effect. It is a 
part of every man's civil rights to 
refuse employment with any per- 
.son whomsoever, (Supreme Court 
decision in Adair vs. United States.) 

"R<>straining oi-dor forbidding em- 
ployes from leaving or threatening 
to leave employment is almost In- 
comprehon.si?)le In view of the set- 
tled law that mon have the right 
to leave employment for the pur- 
pose of comi)<>lling an employer to 



ALWAYS PLAYING THE BEST 





World s Greatest Chinese Tenor 

A POSITIVE SENSATION 
Week of Sept. 7— LOEWS STATE, Los Angeles 
Entire West Coast Circuit to Follow 

MANY THANKS TO FANCHON and MARCO 



srrant .satK^factory terms of employ^ 
m"nt." 

Possibility of Tom Maloy of the 
operators' union and George Browne 
of the stage hands' union ordering 
a sympathy walkout is discounted, 
although both organizations are 
morally behind the musician.s' 
union. Attempt by exhibitors to en - 
^rage non-union musicians, howovor, 
would bring about the sympathy 
walkout. 

An unusual, and Important angle 
of the union trouble is that two of 
the theatre circuits involved are 
bankrupt aiid Under court supor- 
vislon and protection for benefit of 
the stockholders. It Is a question 
whether a walkout in these houses, 
the Natipnail Playhouses and Ascher 
Bros, would be construed as in con- 
tempt ot court. 

Officers of the Exhibitors* Ass'n 
and the Federation of Musicians met 
four times last week in futile at- 
tempts to reach an agreement on 
the new conti-act demanded by 
James C. Petrillo, president of the 
musicians,, for Class € pictui'e 
houses. 

Jack Miller, president of the Ex- 
hibitors' Ass'n, refused to accept the 
contract for the 62 neighborhood 
houses involved in the dispute. He 
termed the union's demand, for a 
four-piece orchestra in all Class 6 
houses, and a six^piece orchestra if 
the house is wired, as unreasonable 
and beyond the exhibitors' fina:ncial 
capabilities. 

Demand for Organists . . 

The new union contract also pro- 
vides for retention of . organists in 
houses already using them, ^ and 
•stlpulateis a four-week notice must 
be given musicians Instead of two. 
If a musician is dismis.scd he must 
be paid $2 for every day lie has 
worked, besides his regular salary, 
according to the contract. In re- 
fei-ring to that. Miller said: "That's 
so siliy I won't even discuss It," 

Discussing the situation with a 
Variety reporter, James Petrillo last 
week said: "You can say for us 
that the. war is on. Joseph Weber, 
president of the American Federa- 
tion of Musicians, has asked us to 
stand pat in this fight. He says if 
we get a raw deal here the union 
nationally will assist us in the 
matter. 

"If the exhibitors haven't signed 
the new contract by Monday I'll 
jerk the orchestras out of every 
picture house in Chicago." 

Earlier la^t- week a one-theatre 
legit strike which threatened to 
spread' was averted through hasty 
conference by Petrillo and Harry 
Powers, manager-owner of the 
Illinois, That theatre had a contract 
calling for employment of 13 pit 
musicians, and extending to Sept. 1. 
Sudden decision to bring "Whisper- 
ing Friends," non-musical, into the 
house, left no apparent reason for 
using an orchestra and Powers at- 
tempted to open last Monday with 
the musicians on the payroll but not 
playing. Petrillo insisted that they 
pla3', and ordered a walkout when 
the point brought on a deadlock. 
The stagehands also walked out in 
sympathy. 

A Week's Difference 

Powers was able to open "Whis- 
pering Friends", the following night 
only after agreeing to employ and 
play the 13 musicians for the entire 
run of the show. Inasmuch as the 
legit contract also .stipulates that a 
theatre starting the season with an 
orchestra must retain the orchestra 
complete for the full sea.son, Powers 
probably will have the orchestra on 
his, payrcil all B|^^ 

Employment of the ofohestra 
could have been avoided if Powers 
had delayed opening of "Friends" 
one week and opened the new sea- 
son without a pit orchestra. 

Seriousness of the picture house 
situation as regards welfare of the 
Musicians' Union was evident at the. 
first meeting of the Exhibitors' 
As.s'rt last week at the Stevens hotel, 
when the neighborhood exhibitors 
signiticd their refusal to aco«pt the 
new contract. A Variety reporter, 
the only press i-eprescntative th«.'ro, 
was admitted With permission of 
the exhibitors. 

Members of the a.ss'n who could 
afford wiring Installaiton stated flat- 
ly they would have no u.se for or- 
chestras . with the synciironized 
films in. They did announce inten- 
tions of u.slng organists. Called on 
for a statement, Eniil Stoarn, nen- 
oral manager for Lubliiior it Trinz, 
Mii'-'-_,-'^^iL I _^can say is Ijubliiicr 
& Trihz~ wired "HbuS1's"^W'ill"'"p 
tively not uso orchestras next year. 
Wc will keep our orpani.st.s." 

Other exhibitors announced their 
intention of dispcn.sing with mu- 
.'iiciana entirely, and tising moclian- 
Ical non-pynchronizod music. Va- 
rious theatre owucr.s olYercd ih.it 
as a lifo.saver for theatres with 
"nut" ahead of iiroilt. ))< iiiDiistra- j 
tion of a mechanical di-vice at a. i 



Strand's $28 Short 



Taking a 75-cent phono- 
graph record arid making of 
it an illustrated song act for 
$28.23 is what the. Strand, New 
York, did last week. The disc 
was Gene Austin's "Melody 
Out of the Sky;" It was given 
biiliner and ran about two 
minutes and a half. 

Theatre used a Bosch pick- 
up from the phonograph ta 
the house amplifiers. As the 
reel unwound the animated 
lyrics, Austin's voice sang the 
song, 

. Price list for the innovation 
ie 3-8 follows: three records 

(in case of breakage), $2.25: 
Bosch piclcup, $11; film with 
title and lyrics, $6; phono- 
graph, $9. Total $^8.26. 

. Joe Plunkett, for the Strand, 
may do the same thing with 
one of the standard Caruso 
records. 



certain theatre was announced from 
the speakers' table; 

Later the members became so 
frank in their statements about cer-^ 
tain things the Variety reporter was 
requested to le.ave. 



San Francisco, Sept. 4. 
Looks like a deadlock In the 
wrangle between tiic Musicians' 
Union and the neighborhood pic- 
tui'e palaces... 

The question at i.ssue is the six- 
day week. The union officials and 
the theatre heads have been hold- 
ing cpriferences frequently without 
result, Musician.V Unioii Has called 
a meeting for tomorrow (Wed.). 

The orchestra boys, al.so want a 
boost in pay of 10 per cent; The 
six-day week has been in effect in 
the downtown houses for two j ears. 

"Theatre managers and Musicians' 
Union officials nieet tomorrow 
(Wedriesd.ay) to adjust their diffi- 
culties. They iare presently work- 
ing under a truce datirig from Labor 
Day. 

No serious complications are ex- 
pected, neither side wanting open 
conflict after the mutually costly 
strike of two years ago; 



W. C. Win Sen Theme 
Songs at 10c Profit 

Los Angele.^;, Sept,' 4. 

With JI. B. Fl-nnklin pn.'siding, 

200 managers and executives of 

West Coa.st Theatres met at the 

annual convention of the,; southern 
California division of thi.s chain at 
the Ambassador hotel. 

Franklin annoimccd a deal would 
be made by West Coast with music 
publishers on theme songs of pic- 
tures and that these numbers would 
be sold in the lobbie.s . of all "West 
Coast hou.ses at 35 cents a copy, 
allowing the theatre 10 cents profit. 

First deal made along these lines 
was for the Carthay Circle where 
'•Lilac Time" is playing. 

Franklin believes his houses can 
sell 1,000,000 copies of any number, 
that catches on. 



Omaha, Neb., Sept. 4. 
No talkie-musician trouble in 
Omaha. 

All theatres have agreed to a 
minimum scale of $65 for working 
In the pit. The Hiyicra catches a 
$14 jolt per man for working on the 
stage and $7 on top of that for 
doubling and $3 for costiime; 
Makes a total of $89 for some men 
some weeks.- 

Also, the Riviera has agi'eed to a 
minimum of 12 men and is carry- 
ing 14. 

Orpheum, World and Rialto . set 
^or the coming year. Agreements 
were reached without battle, al- 
thoTigh considerable discussion took 
place. 



St. Louis, Sopt, 4. 

Entire wai^e dispute between the 
Moving Picture Operators Union of 
St. Louis antl the Moving Picture 
Theatre Owriers' Association has 
been put in the hands of the ex-^ 
ecutive committee of the opei-ators' 
union for further, negotiations. 
This step followed the rejection 
last week by the operato'rs of the 
theatre owners' proposal for a re- 
-duction .of 10 per cent, in the oper-.. 
ators' wages. The theatre ownei's' 
a.sisocIation controls 56 of the 
neighborhood picture houses here. 

Three of the larger motion pic- 
ture theatres have granted the 
operators an. increase in pay and 
an increa.se in each of these houses 
of frorii throe to six rrieri. ' 



N. Y. M. P. Operators Win 
Increaises in Wage Scale 

The new working scale for niotidh 
picture operators, all members of 
Local Union No, 306, was signed by 
the managers and ' theatre owners, 
last week and became effective 
Sept.' 1. .. ■ 

In such houses as the Paramount, 
Capitol, Strand, Rdxy, etc., the men 
receive no Increase in .salary, but 
accept, a new change in working 
hours» 

In the bis houses like the Globe, 
Astor, Central, Warner's and the 
Winter Garden when it offers big 
pictures the new, salary increase will, 
give each operator $104.15. The 
former price was $95. 

In the hou.ses operated by (he in- 
dcpondent.s, the former , $64.80 . man 
will now receive $70.20; the $70.20 
salai-y goes to $76.02; the $75.60 
amount is tilted to $81.90. All the. 
straight $72 weekly, figure rises to 

$78. ■ 

Where all the operators got $69.95 
in the film exchanges, projection 
rooms and studios they arc now re- 
ceiving $75. 

The new contract decrees that no 
additional man power required on 
film sound not to exceed 1,000 feet 
but that over 1,000 feet of film 
shown per show and all di.sk sound 
pictures two men will be required to 
each shift. 

Following an address . by parry 
Sherman, the union voted to buy 
Sam Kaplan, local chief, a Lincoln 
sedan costing between $6,000" and 
$7,000. 



suited in an appeal to an Interna- 
tional by the house. 

Loew's accepted the union sug- 
gestion that it employ three stage 
hands — other picture houses here 
have but one— in return for the 
union's agreement that the three 
men perform all maintenance work 
both front and back. This, among 
other things, eliminatied a non-the- 
atrical union carpenter. 

Presumably under pressure frpm 
the carpenters' union, the stag© 
hands body sought td enforce a 
ruling that its members remain on 
the stage. The theatre won its ap-- 
peal to the international. 




Senator 
Theatre 
Sacramento 



Syracuse,- Sept. 4. 
Attempts by • the local Stage 
Hahd.s Union to change interpreta- 
tion of a clause in the new Loew's 
State contract govfrning the main- 
tenance duties of Its members re- 



Roy 



VIROIMIA 



BRADLEY and WAYNE 

Sensational Ballroom Dancers 

Now WUh 
FANCIION AND M.4RCO 

VIOLIN VOYAGE -IDEA" 



CLIFF CRANE 

DANCING COMEDIAN 

Late of Sixth Edition of 
EARL CARROLL'S VANITIES 

Week AUG. 31, at LOEW'S STATE, LOS ANGELES 

Willi 

FANCHON and MARCO "UP IN THE AIR" IDEA 
liKST ^VI.SUKH TO ,MA' FKlKNOfl 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIETY 



17 




EXHIBITORS ATTENTION! 



Professor Wm. H. Bristol Announces 




SEEING 

PRODUCTIONS 



The World's Foremost Synchronizing Disc Device 

IS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY and will be 
MARKETED NATIONALLY by 

GOTHAM-BRISTOLPHONE 
SERVICE CORPORATION 

EXHIBITORS— Mere is your best news of the year! 
Fourteen years of constant perfecting, and the expe- 
rience of operating since 1889 one of the world's 
largest recording-instrument plants, has resulted in 
the Bristolphone synchronizing device now ready 
for you ! While others are talking of installations 
somewhere in the dim future, here is a superb, per- 
fected system, at a price within reach of all exhibi- 
tors, and available immediately, 

SHORT SUBJECTS, entertaining acts, the most 
novel innovations in sound effects, the tried and 
proved box-office calibre of Gotham Productions, 
plus the product of other leading producers, will 
make your house the talk of the cornmunityl Bris- 
tolphone is ready for you. Write, wire or phone to 

1650 Broadway, New York City 

F.actor'ies and Laboratories: Waterbury, Conn. 



Bird's-eye view 
of Bristolphone 
Mudio, factories 
and laboratories 

Founded 18i89 




The mechanical sint- 
plicity of Bristol' 
phone, with its unique 
resynchronizing de- 
vice, insures a fool- 
proof presentation of 
all synchronized films 



SOUND 




PKODUCTIOMV 



DIALOGUE 



18 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 





NO MORE 

GAMBLING! 

Tiianks to M-G'M! We stabilized 

Success^ Year after 
year! No worries^ No unknown 
quantities^ Your theatre invest^ 
ment safe. Once an G 'M exhib* 
itor, always an M-G-M (exhibitor 
J Because M^G^M is tke 
consistent hit-maker^ Because 
M^G-M has the stars, the Gilberts, 
Garbos, Chaneys, Shearers, No* 

varros, etc^ Because M-G-M js^^ t^^ 
Pep and Power of this industry! 





M*G-M IS 
OFF TO A 
FLYING 
START! 

September Releases Click! 

WILLIAM HAINES 
EXCESS BAGGAGE 






(sound or silffnt) 

LOS ANGELES: At the State 
Theatre; Idads entire town. Smashing 
sticc&ss ! 

SAN FRANCISCO: At Warfield a sensa- 
tion, leading entire town. Same story in 
SEATTLE and PORTLAND,' 

OUR DANCING 
DAUGHTERS 

with JOAN CRAWFORDl 

(sound or silent) 

Syracuse; At State Theatre did biggest 
business of months. Packed them in at 
COLUMBUS, AKRON, CLEVELAND. 

LON CHANEY 
WHILE THE CITY 
SLEEPS 

(sound or silent) 

At Enthusiastic preview, it is hailed as 
the greatest Chaney picture since 
''Unholy Three." 








-G-M RELEASING ONE 
BIG HIT AFTER ANOTHER 

What a succession of knockouts! M-G-M nei'cr 
stops. "MYSTERIOUS lADY" (Garbo) "FOUR 
WALLS" (Gilbert) each held 2 weeks at Capitol,' 
N. v., and repeating everywhere. 'TELL/NG THE 
WOULD" (Haines) "COSSACKS" (Gilbert) ccn-' 
iimejhdrd^ ' ' 

<Davies) arwtiier riotl }>4-(7'W n^ 
season— the talk of the Indtistry. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



19, 



Fox-Indie Partner-Control 
Deal Goes Forward Despite 
Confusion in Exhibs Minds 



Costs 1,000 Seat Exhib 
$210 Extra for Sound 



Definite progress is being made, 
according to information, in Wil- 
liam "Fpx's partnership-management 
proposal made to independent ex- 
hibitors and . is now in a position 
where it "Should, go to its final stages 
within 10 days. 

Some of the biggest theatre prop- 
erties In the indie field are already 
under option to Fox and by the 
end of the week the situation should 
take definite shape. 

if it goes through, and that looks 
Increasingly likely, it will mean 
the acquisition by Fox of SO vaud- 
fllm houses In the metropolitan dis- 



West Coast Motion Picture 
Directory of Players, Direc- 
tors and Writers 



Titles by 

MALCOLM 
STUART 
BOYLAN 

FOX 



HARRY DELF 

WRITER AND DIRECTOR 



Current BelcAHe: 
"THE FAMILY PICNIC" 
A FOX MdVIlSTONE 

: I Tuture Releases: - 
-^MYSTERY MANSION" 
A FOX MOVIETONK 

, -• ' and 

•'THE LADIES' MAN" 
with CUIO SALK 
A FOX MOVIETONE 

NOW FREE-LANCING 

Granite 3716 




WINIFRED 
DUNN 

W'ritintr 
Ulllle Dove's Next 
gltarrini; Vehicle 

for 

First National 




JOHN F. 
GOODRICH 

FREE 
LANCING 



LICHTIG 

. . AND . . .. 

ENGLANDER 

TEN YEARSx 
IN HOLLYWOOD 

REPRESENTING 

DIRECTORS 
ARTISTiS 
WRITERS 

Warner . BIdg. Hollywood 1068 



trict and 70 straight picture 
houses. 

ProRress made has been in the 
face of difRculties arising from con- 
fusion among the independents, 
growing out of the mixed situation 
with reference to the Sapiro group, 
and . the ^trance of B. S. Moss into 
the Indie scenario with a proposi- 
tion to build in Brooklyn and seek 
alliances among the independents 
for the formation of a new chain. 
Significance of the Moss move is 
that it complicated a state of af- 
fairs already much mixed. 

The independent tlieatre situation 
in Greater New York is in a Une 
muifdle right now. Moving during 
the past few months from Aaron 
Sapiro to B. S. Moss and then to 
William Fox the indies are swarm- 
ing around but not getting any- 
where. 

i In the past few days A. Blumen- 
tlial, broker and Fox mediator, is re- 
ported to have actually secured 
options oh some sites desired by 
Fox. Blumerithal, however, is prac- 
tically mute about the deal. 

B. S. Moss, following a statement 
that he will build 15! thieatres around 
New York, is noW emphasizing 
the .insigniflcance of this move com- 
pared to his real ambition -which, 
he says, is to work up the indies all 
over the country iiito a Cpast to 
Coast chain. " . ^ 

Jersey's Explanation . 

Moss, who admits he wtis . amazed 
when the indie committee to which 
he had submitted his plan failed to 
report and the gang started moving 
Foxward, now says that Fox canriot 
use all of the indie houses here and 
that he will receive Into his original 
proposition those prodigal sons who 
may be left out in the. cold. 

While Moss is enthusiastic about 
clustering the country's indies into 
his General Motors' plan, with him 
self at the head, It is claimed by 
Joseph M. Selder, long time leader 
of the jerseyites, that Moss crossed 
the Hudson four months ago and 
personally made them .a proposition 
along similar lines. "We turned It 
down becaiise George L. Record is 
handling our affairs and working up 
an organization which 'wOl control 
physical properties," Seider said. 

The Jersey executive denied that 
this plan has faded into oblivion 



Scenarios, Continuities and 
Titles 

HARRY SCOTT HEUSTIS 

FITZROY 2904 



PEN do. USING ROXY NAME 

Washington, Sept. 4. 
Another, firm thinks enough of the 
name of Roxy to have it trade- 
marked. This time it is an exact 
reproduction of the . Roxy theatre 
lettering and covers a fountain pen 
put out by the Morrison Pen Co., 
of Manhattan. Use of the mark Is 
claimed since April, 1928. 

Early this year so many firms 
were trade marking the name that 
S. A. Rothafel, Roxy, copyrighted 
it himself. This seemingly has . not 
stopped the others. 



PlattsbUrgh Rebuilding 
Plattsburgh, N, Y., Sept. 4. 
. Work has started on a new the- 
atre to replace the Plattsburgh, de- 
stroyed by Are March 17. 

Plattsburgh Realty Co. la doing 
the building with bids being - re 
ceivcd to lease. 



Jersey Town Okays Sundays 

Bergenficld, N. J., Sept. 4 
Chamber of Commerce Anally got 
busy on Sunday picture!*. A vote 
resulted eight to one in favor of 
the Sabbath programs and have 
been so ordered. 



Los Angeles, Sept 4. 

Sun. of ?210 a week oxtra 
on his projection bill is not 
making one owner of a south- 
ern California 1,000-scat house 
feet any sweeter toward talk- 
ing pictures. 

Before/'his house T^as wired 
this exhibit paid his op- 
erator $60 a week and his re- 
lief $30. Under the new policy 
the price was raised to $100 a 
week for the regular operator 
and $50 for the relief. Then 
the wbrd waa passed to the 
proprietor there must be two 
crews, the second to be at 'the 
same rate as the first. Total 
$300 against what had before 
. b^en $90. 

The exhibitor says that after 
paying the Increased cost of 
synchronized pictures, his wir- 
ing cost and allowing for the 
Interest on his investment, he 
doesn't like to flgrure the ad- 
missions that must come in to 
niake up the difference. 



Handling F6x> "Ma'' 

Iios Angeles, Sept, 4. 
J. J, McCarthy, recently brought 
out to the:Fox k)t by Winnie Shee 
han, Is to . have general charge, of 
the showing and exploitation of 
Mother Knows Best," Movietone 
feature, scheduled to open at the 
Carthay Circle Oct, 1, 

McCarthy is now laying out a 
campaign bovering the entire 
southern California area. 



Picture Possibilities 



"The Big Pond" — Favorable 

"THE BIO POND" (Coihoay, ICnopf and Farmsworth, Bijou). 
Possibilitios of good tilm comotly. Foreign background fof love stuff,, 
transferal of polite Fronchnnin to An\crican town and factory with con- 
trasts, etc., for ..couioay. Several juicy parts. For male star rather 
than female, : , 



Lanu.. 



"Lido Girl"— ^Unfavorable 

"IjIDQ .01 R1/' I I'M ward Klsncr, driuna, Totton). 
Trashy sontiinonlal play, valuoloss for any purpose. 



"He Understood Women"— Unfavorable 

UNDERSTOOD WOMEN" (Comedy. Michael 



"HE 
mont) : 

Slim plot with. Froiichy situations voiding It for pictures 



Rush.. 



Kallesser, Bel- 



Ihce, 



"Elmer Gantry"— Unfavorable 

"EiLMER GANTRY" (Drama, Joseph E. Shea, Playhou.so). 
No screen value here, even though boolc widely read. Filled with 
incidents censors would not pass.-. Ihee. 



"The Song Writer"— Unfavorable 

"THE SONG WRITER" (Comedy, Alexander Yokel, 48th Street). 
Too conventional a story for pictures. Ibee, 



"Goin' Home"— Unfavorable 

"GOIN' HOME" (Pombertori, Drama, Hudson). 

MiRcegonatlon thomc bars this play for screening.' American negro's 
heart hunker for his native hoath; do.spite his apparent, community free- 
dom in France, might be stro.s.sod as the paramount issue providing 
skillful adaptation clrcumvpntcd Iho Hays edict against the racial 
inter-marriagc which is a somewhat important corollary, to the play 
although not the underlying thesis. ' Abel. 



"Caravan"^Favorable 

"CARAVAN" (Gi;psy melodrama In setting European circus wagons, 
Richard Horndon production, Klaw). 

Romantic locale an asset. Play has marty good action ideas, not de- 
veloped on stage, biit germ of a screen play is. in material. Rush. 



"Eva the Fifth"— Favorable 
"EVA THE FIFTH" (Ctolden-Seiwyn, Comedy-Drama, Little). 
Clean human-Interest comedy with Its saga of the "Tom" trouplng 

showhianship will make a sound picture. Screen, furthermore, 

greater latitude for the comedy values. 



affords 
Abel. 



JOHN WATERS 



Directing for 

M. G. M. 



Umpire Rules on Clinch 

■ . Cleveland, Sept 4. 

It happened during a recent 
showing of Rlqhard Dix's latest 
sound picture, "Warming Up." 
Either the film broke or the 
needle on the disk turned a 
flip-flop. _ _ _ _ 

For ahoiTt tliree SitnuTcs the 
operator sweated, trying to. get 
the picture and the sound 
synchronized after the two had 
temporarily parted company, 

Dix had Just taken Jean Ar- 
thur in his arms and was kiss- 
ing her when the loud speaker 
called out "Strike One!" 



Recognizing the fact that changes in 
method come in the splendid advance- . 
ment of the motion picture industry, 
the Eastman Kodak Company con- 
tinues its own forward march and 
maintains its supremacy in presenting 
to the trade 

Eastman Panchromatic 



Negative 




6 2 



a perj 




proven 




for the cinematographer 



EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY 



ROCIIESTILR, N. Y. 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



HEETtNG TO REVIVE 
ALLIED STATES ASS'N 



W. A. Steffes in Chicago With 
Other State Exhib Leaders — 
Dead for Two Years 



■^Minneapolis, Sept. 4, 
W. A. Steffes, president of the 
Northwest Theatre Owners' Asso- 
ciation, is In Chicago to conver 
with Jack Mille^r, of Chicago; Frank 
Rembusch, of Indiana; H. M. 
Ritchey, of Michlgah, and Col. Cole, 
of Texas, and. other .state leaders 
relative to the possibility of reviv- 
ing the old Allied States Exhibitors' 
Association which has b«eh prac- 
tically dead for more than two 
yeats. 

Steffes favors calling an open 
meeting . of Independent theatre 
owners at Chicago just prior to the 
M.RT.b.A. conclave at Toronto, 
Oct, 10-18, 

Allied Stated disbanded upon the 
promise of M.P,T.O.A. leaders, at 
the Los Angeles cohventlbn in 1926, 
to acceed to the demand for a big 
nian to head the national, exhibitor 
body and to make other concessions. 
It now is claimed the promises 
never were kept. 




Metropolitan, Los Angeles 

Says: "Walter Myers juat 
boohed four big name 
acts such as 

Jackie Coogan 
Harry Langdon 
Our Gang Kids 

and 

JACK NORTH 

. Oh yes! I finally 
succumbed id 
VITAPHONE 



SENSATIONAL DANCERS 

Four Covans 

Featured with 
FANCHON uid MARCO'S 
"HI-YALLER IDEA" 



Coast Managers Find Patronage 
Tiring of Synchronized Scor^ 

Angeles, Sepi. 

Novelty is all that ia bringing the erowdfl into the larger film 
houses to hear and Bee sound pictures and once the novelty has 
worn off, synchronized films— not the talkers, but those which have 
the synchronized musical score— will be a drawback •ad. a box- 
office deterrent rather than a help.. 

This is the opinion of a manager of one of the most Imposing 
new coast theatres, who cites experience to back his idea. 

This house is now showing its second 0ynchro"nized fllni, the 
announced finale of a famous romantic screen team. Picture is 
doing business, but the manager sayS it's the popularity of the team 
that is the draw, not the sound idea. He reports overhearing many 
customers expi-ess annoyance and dlstractlo'n because of the canned 
music and a desire for the hijman orchestra, of which this house 
carried a particularly good one, plus resolutlo'ns to avoid future 
synchronized films with the recurring expressioli. "If that's what 
sound pictures are like, we don't want any more." This, of course, 
applies strictly to such tlieatres where the patronage has become 
educated to human symphonic accompaniment. 

This house has found it necessary, from the start, to cut In on 
the canned music with Its own orchestra for short periods, just to 
relieve the ears of the audiences. It has found that audiences be- 
come restless under the monotone of canned music. 

Atypical demonstration of the reaction came on the first day of the 
showing of the second synchronized film when the orchestratitfn : 
went sour, four times during a single showing. Eacjt time It was 
©•nly for a second or two, but as the music suddenly slowed and 
flatted, the audience laughed. 

Talkers are fiomething eLse again. Since being wired, this ho'use 
has had two talking shorts and each scored. The manager sti^tes 
the difference is striking, nnEtlnted praise being glyen the eon- 
rersational films while the canned^ music annoys. 

Other house managers have " reported feeling sinillar tendencies 
by their cllentel. J, " -. 



Midwesco Changes 

. Milwaukee, Sept, 4. 
Those up- state nianagers of 'the 
Pox-Mldwesco circuit who have not 
gotten acquainted with their bosses 
as yet know them now. Joe Leo, 
executive general manager, -and H. 
J. Fitzgerald, general manager of 
the chain. In company with several 
other Fox representatives, last week 
made a complete swing of the cir- 
cult. Trip was to acquaint the Fofx 
chiefs with their holdings more 
than for any other reason. 

In Milwaukee proper changes are 
being made swiftly by Lieo and 
Fitzgerald who holds over from the 
Saxe regime. One of the latest 
switches was the transferring of 
Charlie Brown, for 12 years man- 
ager of the Miller, to the Garfield, 
a neighborhood. Brown- replaces 
Jack Plant. iJoe Levinspn, man- 
ager of Fox's Princess, a grind and 
just across the street from the 
Miller, will run both of these 
houses. 

John Strain, veteran booker tdr 
^axe, has handed in his two weeks 
notice, which up to latest reports 
had not been ratified officially, 
Strain has b^en pretty 111 for some 
time. 

Eddie Welsfeldt, reported in and 
out several times. Is still in, Wels- 
feldt said he had twice offered to 
resign but was told he was to* stay, 

Welsfeldt has been in charge 
of stage show production since the 
Wisconsin opened. -Nat Nazarro, 
Jr., who stepped in three or four 
weeks back to act as m. a, leaves 
next week. Bebe Barrl dancers, 
also long at the Wisconsin, are out, 



BUSH DEVICE CARRIES 
3 AND 2 DISK TABLES 



PEOY'S TABS AND FILM 

Providence, Sept. 4. 

In an effort to 4nject life into an 
elephant getting no peanuts these 
many years, the Fay chain opened 
the; Carleton, nee the Emery, on 
Labor Day, with tab musical com 
edy. Lee Daly, a cast of 35, and 
holiday audiences seemed to take 
kindly to the Innovation. . 

Bills here also offer a feature pic 
ture. 



riUKHON r 
MAKOIMU 

The Original of Their Type, 
the Most Consistent of Their 
Kind. 



Claims Usage In Coast Houses 
for 9 Mos— Cues Films for 
Record Library 



Los Angeles, 8ept. 4-. 
G. A. Bush, owner of a string of 
houses In San Diego, has opened 
quarters in Hollywood to demon- 
strate the Bush Bynchrophohe 
which he states has been in oper- 
ation In his own and some other 
houses for upward of nine months. 

Instrument is made in two sizes, 
the larger one carrying three rec 
ord' turntables In a row and the 
sam« lAize as that recently in 
stalled here in the Bhrine Auditorl 
um, containing several hundred 
seats In excess of the Rox^r. The 
other Is a two -disc affair, designed 
for smaller houses. 

Keedles on the tables are poised 
over and do not rest on the face 
of the records. By a series of scales 
it Is possible to adjust the needle 
sp that without hesitation it may 
be dropped at any point Into the 
sound track of the record without 
the usual scarring of the wax. Dur- 
ing ai demonstration Bush shifted 
from one - record to another, and 
from any part of the record, as the 
picture might Indicate, without sac- 
rificing a beat. 

Bush's plan Is simply to cue a 
picture for records instead . of for 
organ or orchestra. On the larger 
synchrophone 83 numbered slips 
provide storage space for a record 
library which are planted on tables 
by the operator for use as Indicated 
by cue.' ♦ 

Instruments are designed ..for 
[sound effects as distinguished from 
story dialog, although BUsh states 
there Is no Inherent difficulty in 
recording and . reproducing dialog. 
Following erection of a factory 
near Hollywood, and a recording 
building In the locality. It Is Bush's 
plan to create records for Individu 
al pictures which shall' contain all 
sound effects, music and otherwise 



FOX-READE DEAL 

(Continued from page 6) 
and four possibly elsewhere In the 
state. . • ' - 

Failure to absorb the Stanley 
chain at his own terms is believed 
directly responsible for Fox caus- 
ing the Immediate execution of 
architectural plans for the loc^l 
stronghold of Stanley. 

For the past six months Fox has 
been active in his endeavors to ac- 
quire Stanley holdings. The pos- 
sibility of a successful culniination 
of negotiations for a chain in whose 
afliiliation. First National, Fox has 
for a long tim6 held a powerful in- 
terest, ca.used.this producer to hold 
in abeyancie • plans for several 
houses in Philadelphia wJRch he 
had drawn last winter when he met 
the first of several setbacks in this 
direction. 

Fox's Sites 

As one of the first steps in his 
I move to Foxize Philadelphia, Will- 
lam Fox instructed Albert Green 
& Co., of this city, to comb the 
town for nine boxoffice points. In 
addition to the site for a 6,.2t)0 
seater, already been purchased. 
Green, It is understood, has se- 
cured options on the -following 
plots: 52nd and Market; 69th and 
Market; Germantown and Shelton 
Avenues; Frankfort and Al- 
leghany Avenues; Germantown and 
Leigh Avenues; Frankfort and Or-f 
thOdox streets. 

Three other sites are to be plclted 
while one of the 10 has already 
been lined up in Camden. This 
New Jersey vhouse will be a 4,000- 
seater. 

It is understood the $50,000,000 
I appropriation will mainly be used 
to take care of the first six Phila- 
delphia theatres and that the mat- 
ter of additional finance fOr ,the re 
mainlng four will be taken under 
consideration upon completion of 
the first set. 

The 17th and Market street 9,200 
seat stadium, the first to be gotten 
under way, will have a 16 -story of- 
fice building, accommodated by the 
theatre's refrigerating plant: The- 
atiVs orchestra will comprise 125 
musicians and 350 people will be on 
the house staff. 

C. H. drane is the. architect and 
the building contract has been 
given to Aaron-Fried Company of 
tJiis. city. 



Champaign. DL, 20,000, 
Votes Open Sunday 

Chicago, Sepjt. 4. 

Champiiifin, 111., with a population 
of around 20,000, voted for Sunday 
Bhows^ by a majority of 1,800 votes. 
Champaign has always been a good 
Sunday show town, as it adjoins 
Urban.a, the home of the Univer- 
sity of Illinois, where, there ' are- 
about 10,000 inhabitants. 

There are no theatres in tlie col- 
lege town. Students and Qth ers'. 
from there drift over to Champaign,, 
which has several ifllm houses and 
one vaudeville theatre, the. Or- 
pheum, booked by the, K-0 Junior- 
Circuit. It is about 120 miles from' 
Chicago, ; 



Great States Going 

Into Southern Illinois 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Figui-ing southern Illinois as de-- 
sirable picture house. . territory. 
Great. States is directing expansion 
in that. region. 

First such location will be Alton, 
111., .with several other town.s to he 
added shortly. 



Missing 7 Weeks 

Norwalk, Conn., Sept, 4.' 

A report that David, Esterson, 

who formerly owned the Regent 

and Palace theatres here and the 

St. Albans, St. Albans, L, I,, is 
missing, is "unconfirmed. But no 
one has seen Esterson for seven 
weeks. 

Esterson's relatives have appealed 
to the New York police to find 
Esterson, who was last reported 
seen in ' the . company of a New 
York sportsman. Esterson has been 
associated in many theatrical ven- 
tures with his brother, Charles 
Esterson. 



Another Angle 



Canada Wiring 

Seattle, Sept 4. 
Ifs reported sound equipment has 
been obtained for Canada in Para- 
mount's big string of Capital the- 
atre. It Is also understood an in- 
dependent concern will put Western 
Electric equipment Into Vancouver, 
a burg of 200,000 and still sound- 
minu9> 

Duty on importations has been 
holding back developments there. 



Cause and Effect? 



Chicago, Sept. 4. 

At a meeting of the Exhib- 
itors' Association here, held to 
discuss new demands of the 
Mxisicians' Union, one theatre 
owner related an argument he 
had with another manager 
concerning the relative merits 
of pit orchestras and mechan- 
ical music. 

"I don't like these phono- 
graph things," his friend said, 
"they scratch too much,'.' . 

"Scratch?" exclaimed the 
t. o. "Did you ever hear my 
fiddler?" ' 



There is No Substitute^ for 




STAGE-BAND 
ENTERTAINMENT 

Known M tb« 

'TAULASHPOUCY" 

PARAMOUNT 

THEATR£ 

NEW YORK 

Indefinitely 

*aCXCLC8IVi;LT COLUMBIA 
KECORDIMO ABTIST" 



NEW HOTEL ANNAPOLIS 



Wasblni^on, D, O. 
BlnKle, 917,00 
Double, $28.00 

lb", th* H«art ' vt 
Tbeatra District 

11-12 and H Sts. 




ALFRED 

BROWER 

World's Fastest Russian Dancer 
Ro-eiiRAirod by FANCIION A MAKCO 
direction WII:.UAM MORKIS 



Chicago, |3ept 4, 
The lowest paid picture house 
manager known hi Chicago 
draws 116 weelcly for taking 
care of a 300 -seat house, 

Hlii employers are loi<ing 
about |60 weekly. 



JESSE CRAWFORD 
ORGAN CONCERT 

PARAMOUNT THEATRE 
NEW YORK 



Week of September 1 



"JUST A NIGHT FOR 
MEDITATION" 
(Shapiro, Bernstein) 

•YOU'RE A REAL SWEET- 
HEART" 
(Leo Feist) 



"TWELVE O'CLOCK WALTZ" 
(J. H. Remick) 

"GET OUT AND GET UNDER 
THE MOON" 

(Irving Berlin, Inc.) 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



21 




WHAT THE 
PICTURES ARE DOI NG 



Joseph M. Schcnck presents 



JOHN BARFtYMORE 

in Tempest 



SAM TAYLOR jj^ production 



(VitKCAMILLA HORN 
LOUIS WOLHEIM 

Supervised by John wconsidine Jr. 



NEW YORK CITY 



Ran for 13 weeks at top prices at the Embassy 
to sensational business. Now at the Rivoli— 
United Artists— playing to tremendous box- 
office figures. 



DETROIT 



"Tempest opened at United Artists Theatre 
to biggest business in history of house. Lining 
them up daily." — Manager, 



LOS ANGELES 



"Brought them in in droves at the United 
Artists Theatre."— Variety ... • "One Grand 
Movie."— Examiner "Draws large audi- 
ences."— rimes "One of the picture events 

of the year." — Record, 



ATLANTA 



"Great."— Journaf .... "Skillfully directed 
and masterly, acted."— Consfiftrfion . . . ."Fine 
—the mob scenes are massive, the love scenes 
beautiful."— Gcorgrian. . . .Business at Howard, 
—GREAT. 



ST. LOUIS 



"Outstanding. A picture to see."— GZo6c. 
. . ."A screen triumph. See it by all means." 
—Po5f-Dispafc/i. . . "One of the best of the 
year." — Star .... Business, Loew's State— 
VERY BIG. 



HOUSTON 



"Picture holds audience spellbound as it 
moves swiftly through action-filled scenes."— 
Post-Dispatch . . . . Business at Metropolitan— 
BIG. 



CHICAGO 



"Tempest broke house records at the United 
Artists Theatre. . . . You will *eiit upV 
every moment of it and wish it might never 
end.'^— £i^ening American. 



BOSTON 



"Has what every showman is after."-^ 

American "Barrymore at his best."— i 

Transcript .... "A great film." — Traveler . . . « 
"Gripping scenes, real acting, vivid nlm^ 

Herald Business at Loew's State — ^VERY 

BIG. 



PITTSBURG 



**A stirring drama— rich in pathos and in- 
tenseness. Action is swift."— Press. . . ."Barry- 
more conveys the utmost of meaning with every 
look, gesture and meaning."— Pbsf-Gazeffe. 
, . . ."Barrymore rises to the pinnacle of screen 
characterization."— San-rc/egrrapft. 

^'Thats a picture and 



you can get it with 
SOUND 



Great/ — 
me for that 

one NOW/" 



0^ 



UNITED ARTISTS 

CertainLvf has the picture 

for /92s and /929 



Momb»r ot Uotlon Picture rroduc^r* •.vA DUtrtbuUw •< 



Wttl H. Hayt, President 



22 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



A COAST TO COAST 

StNSATICN 





WARNEiR BROS. 

2nd 100% 
AU Talking Picture 



Tremendous over- 
flow business neces- 
sitates three perform- 
ances Saturdays and 
Sundays at $2 prices! 



BOOK 
TWO 



in 

60 CITIES 




p/crmES 




Bigger than "The 
Jazz Singer" — and 
that was big! 



See and Hear 
Every Character 
in the Picture 





Biggest thing in pic- 
tures that ever hit 
town, reviewers say! 
Tumaway business 
proves it. 



YOUR 
CHOICE 




OMC 
WITH 
VnAPMONK 



ONE 
WITHOUT 



NEGATIVES 




ON BACH 

A real theatre-packer 
if ever there was one! 



Coming ^^NOAH'S ARX- MadetotopanYpictureever made 



MEKfBER MOTIQN PICTURE PRODUCERS, AND DISTRIBUTORS OF AMERICA. INC. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



P I C T U R E S 



VARIETY 



23 



Literati 



stage Almost Got Al 

Stqfles o£ Governor Smith's ap- 
pearance in amateur theatricals 
around New York iii his younger 
days have been printed In the 
dallies, but little mention haa been 
made of the fact that at one time 
the governor considered the feasi- 
bility of adopting the stag* as a 
means of livelihood. The Governor 
has a distinct flair for comedy and 
mimicry.' 

Newspapermen, who have been 
privileged to hear him over the 
course of years are in unanimous 
agreement that Smith has the talent 
and the personality. As a matter 
of fact, when Alfred E. Smith" went 
to Albany he looked so much like 
an actor that when ho first went 
into The Tub, famous hotel for 
newspapermen aiid legislators, 
Garry Benson, the proprietor, told 
him the place "did not cater to the 
profession." 

Surprisihg as it thay seem, the 
Governor frequently played the vilr 
Han in straight drama, his role in 
"The Shaughran" being one of his 



best. Incidentally, he was a aTeat 
devotee of . the Harrlgan and Hart 
comedies and to this day his taste 
runs to the lighter type of enter- 
tainment. 



Thanks to Leon Leonidoff 

HEP GRAY 

The Singing Dancer 

DISPLAYS - HER GONTROL 
ACROBATIC DANCE 

at the 

ROXY 

This Week (Sept. 1) 



TRADO TWINS 

Now .Toarinir with I^nchon and 
Marco "Meas'' 

Harry Delmar Coming Ont to G«t 
TJ8? Maybe! 

Hello, Frank Gaby. Bab« Wolft 
Thinks We Are O. K. 



rarely return them, bo that the pur- 
chaser doesn't retain them, any- 
how. 

Situation may finally get the pub- 
lishers to lower the cost of books 
from the standard price of %i. That 
has been advocated a long time, 
with most of the publishers claim- 
ing it Isn't profltabl*. - 



Dick Watt's Squawk 

Last Sunday's Herald Tribune 
carried a long letter from Richard 
Watts, Jr., one of the several aur^ 
thors of "Gentlemen of the Press," 
which is credited to Ward More- 
house, bringing out the point that 
their friends, the critics, leaned 
backward in being fair, and that 
they received much better notices 
from the critics they didn't know 
than froih the ones they did. 

Some of the daily notices were 
surprisingly brutaL People seeing 
the show after the second night 
couldn't understand this, unless It 
was that some of the critics, 
friendly with the authors, felt that 
they would be open to charges of 
log-rolling if they went for it too 
strongly or let it down too easily. 



. Ruhyon "Front Page" Editorial 

An editorial taking a shot at 
The Front Page" principally be 
cause the play's authors selected 
the managing editor of a Hearst 
dally as the principal character was 
supposed to have been written by 
Walter Howey. 

It is said Damon Runypn wrote 
the editorial at Howey's request. 



CirculatinGI Library .Menace 

Growth of circulating libraries In 
this country is looked upon with 
alarm by book publishers who see 
an Imminent falling off in book 
buying, as is the case in England 
now. Over in that country . so few 
books are bought, because of cir 
Culating libraries everywhere, that 
the book-publishing business is ex- 
tremely hazardous. 

Circuiating libraries rent out the 
new books for a few cents a week, 
and readers prefer that to biiying 
the books outright. There are two 
reasons for that; One of them Is 
that to buy. all the new books means 
a large expenditure. Secondly, 
friends will borrow the books and 



Agony Not* 

New England correspondents for 
the New York and Boston dailies 
are complaining that the economy 
wave which hit th« dailies this 
summer has cut theiJr income 50 
pier cent. 

After receiving » query from 
their correspondents or free lancers 
the editors turned It over to A- P., 
N. S; or U. P. If th« wire serv- 
ice couldn't get the story they or- 
dered it from, the coirespbndeht. 

The free lancers rate the 'T>aily 
News" as the best paying paper 
with the "Times" and . "World" as 
the largest users of copy. The 
Globe" and "Post" are the best In 
Boston. 



graph, has quit to bJ press agent 
for John Golden. Mitzl Kiilisch, at 
one time assistant to Arthur Horn- 
blow on Theatre Magaxirie and later 
to Burton Rascoe on The Bookman, 
succeeds McLaren. 

McLaren, known around the 
Square as Sunny, was, at one pe- 
riod of his life; a Manklowicz .se- 
lected author, and taken to the 
Coast on that account. 



To Purchase Twain's Home 

Both a theatrical and a. literary 
division will be orepanlzed to aid in 
the campaign to raise $200,000 with 
which to purch4se Mark Twain's 
old home at Hartford, Conn., and 
transform it Into a memorial to the 
famous humorist (Samuel Clem- 
ens). ■ . ■■ 

A- group of leading residents of 
th at city are behind the movement. 



Sun's Phono Girl 

One of the best telephone oper- 
ators in New York is claimed by the 
Sun. She's on the editorial switch- 
board and a demon for getting right 
numbers. Her name is Ella Mo- 
Avoy, and the only one on the staff 
who can't get a number now la Gil 
Gabriel. 

Ella Is off the dramatic critic be- 
cause of the noticis he . slipped 
Gentlenrient of the Press," Ward 
Morehouse's show. Morehouse be- 
ing a columnist for the Sun, Ella 
also took It up with Keats Speed, 
m. e., asking him what the Sun was 
coming to. 

Morehouse slipped ■ Ella a seat 
opening night, and Speed offered 
Morehouse another week off the 
niornlng after the night before. 



Zane's Busy Vacations 

■ Every time Zane Grey go€ls off on 
a vacation he makes his expenses 
by writing a book on his experi- 
ences. Don, a, new book, relates of 
one of his hunting trips among 
mountain lions, and another. Tales 
of PYesh Water Fishing, la as Its 
title implies. 

And while vacationing, Grey 
manages to write a novel or. two. 




JOE PENNER 



NOW 

PUYING 

THE 

DE LUXE 
PICTURE 
HOUSES 



Martin Sampter 
Manager 




Editor's Barnstorming 

An enterprising publisher from 
Indianapolis, heretofore somewhat 
successful in bamstormlnir the 
country by launching community 
publications, only to abandon them 
and move on to the next town. Is 
now soliciting' picture stars on the 
coast for co-operation. 

Lad isn't seeking financial backing 
but wants to use the names of as 
many picture celebrities aa he can 
get to place on his -board of dl 
rectors for a corporation now being 
formed to publish a mid-western 
story and art publication. 
A few of the stars are flailing. 




Desires to Thank 
JOEL COHEN, LOUIS GREENFIELD, ED PARKER 
for a most, enjoyable and successful engagement at 
THE HAWAII THEATRE, HONOLULU 

NOW FEATURED ORGANIST 
CECELIA THEATRE 

PANAMA, R. de P. 



The 



Peeved at th* New* 
p. a.'s 1^ peeved: at the 



Another article on the talking 
picture appeared in The Bookman, 
current issue, and written by 
Ernest Boyd, the Irish literatuer 
He thinks they may be all right. • 



Max . Karper, who has been 
handling English newspaper pub 
licity for a , number of Yiddish 
playhouses. Is shortly to start a 
column In the New York American 
pertaining to Yiddish theatre actlvl 
ties. ■ ' \ ' 

The Evening World had such a 
column a few years ago, but it 
didn't pulL 



Square Garden, succeeding' to th# 
post long held by Ike Dorgan. The 
hitter recently resigned. 

Fowler, a former president of the 
Newspaper Club of New York, was 
also managing editor of the New 
York American for a year. 



A surprise in the book publishing 
world is the remarkable success of 
Isadora Duncan's autobiography, 
"My Life." The book is not only In 
Its eighth edition,: a record for a 
work of Its -type, blit has already 
been translated Into six languages. 



"The Fleet's In," a Paramount- 
Clara Bow picture; has had Its story 
written into book, form by Russell 
liolman. Par's advertising manager. 



"America's Humor," published 
monthly by Magazine Builders, New 
York, has been discontinued. George 
Mitchell was editor. 



Eddie . Cantor's memoirs start 
shortly serially In the Saturday 
Evening Poit, entitled "My Life la 
in Your Hands." 



Summer Attraction 
Film Road ShiHw 



UNWED 
MOTHERS 



Percentage 
Booking Anywhere — ^Send Dates 
SAMUEL CUMMINS 

Fublix Welfare Pictiires Corp. 

723 Seventh Ave., New York . 



Kenyon Nicholson, co-author of 
"Eva the Fifth," and author of "The 
Barker," has had a 'one act play 
published by D. Appleton & Co. It 
bears the title of "Shame the 
bevlL" 



Charles Renley will edit the new 
fiction monthly. Surprise Stories, 
It will be published from Chicago, 



Gene Fowler, until recently con- 
nected with King Features Syndic 
cate and Universal Service, is the 
new publicity director of Madison 




HOW ATHIC 

Strand 
.Theatre 
Tan convert 
B. O. 



and. Ikis 

Orcliesiva 



New York News; sudden faighrhat 
attitude, over the rullnff out of any 
and all theatrical photoa from its 
Sunday roto section. 

waiter White, roto editor, knows 
nothing but. that these were his 
Instructions. The News only uses 
theatrical stuff in the roto now. 
for the bulldog editions for out- 
of-town consumption. This does the 
Broadway Boswells little good. 

What heightens the peeve Is that 
the Times thinks nothing of making 
its own camera studies for roto- 
gravure reproduction. 



2 Script^ Chasing $2,500 
Johnny Hlnes* ex-eastern repre- 
sentative, Herb'Crooker, is banging 
a free lance typewriter. He hopes 
to win the |2,BdO offered by a pub- 
lishing house for the best detective 
story. 

Of the 2,000 manuscripts already 
submitted two are Crocker's. Award 
will no^ be made until Oct. SL 



Richmond's Dramatic Section 
Richmond, Va,, Times Dispatch Is 
adding a dramatic section this year, 
several shows having been booked 
in there. The town hasn't had legit 
bookings with any, regularity for 
sotne time. 



NEW YORK OFFICE 
1560 BROADWAY 



B 



OADWAY M II gk D Y 



BLDG. 

HOLLYWOOD, CAL. 
HEMPSTEAD- 3594 



A. l£ sCimABTZ ANNOUNCES WITH PtEASCBB 
THE RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF 

HOWARD EMERSON 

AND mS VERSATir-B SirOWMANI.Y ORCHESTRA 
MERRICK THEATRE, JAMAICA, L. I. 



Brooklyn's Sunday Papers 

Decision of the Brooklyn, N. Y 
Standard Union to eliminate Its 
Sunday issue, reveals the odd fact 
that the Brooklyn Sunday news 
papers or, what they really are, 
weeklies, have the Sunday field so 
tied up . In that borough that only 
the Eagle's Sunday Issue makes any 
money on its weekend paper. 

— — ■ ■ ■ I 
Mrs. StiMman's Weekly 

"Panorama*" the Illustrated 

weekly to be sponsored by Mrs 

Anne Stlllman, wife of the banker, 

wllU make^lts^flrst^ appearance-^ln 

September. It will be fashioned 

along the lines of the London 

"Spectator." Herbert Mayer will 

edit. 



McLaren With Golden 
Lorlmer MoLar^'n, until recently 
dramatic editor the Morning Tele- 



THE ONE AND ONLY 

CHAZ CHASE 

INTERNATIONAL UNIQUE COMIC 




Wishing to 
Thsnk Mr. 
Sid Grauman 
the Master 
Showman 
for a. Most 
Wonderful 
Engagement 
at His 
" Chinese 
Theatre 
Hollywood 
Cal. 



Now Starring in Fanchon and Marco's 
"MONKEYSHINES" Idea 
Booked by WM. PERLBERG— WALTER MYERS 
WM. MORRIS AGENCY 



24 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Australia 



(Continued from page t) 

been done with disregard to cost. 
Madame Melba slnps next week. 



W-T . presented margaret Ban- 
iiermiari In "Six<>f5 and Sevens'' at 
the Cri,terion last -vveek and tlie 
naughty play looks, like running up 
a Tiice score. Cast includes Pii'ie 
Bush, . Kerry Kelly, Francis Lister, 
llerhcM't Millard, Doris Gilhani and 
Kdgar NorfoVk. 

"Rio Rita" has passed it!? 100th 
performance at the St. Jamos lor 
ihe -FuHers' ' 

. Maiirice Moscovitch is back hQi*e 
in "The Sllpnt House" at the Royal 
for ; W-T. Attraction looks set for 

a good run. Cast Includes Nat 
Maddison, Reginald Newsoti, Guy 
Hastings, Herbert Leigh, George 
Blunt, Ashton Jarry and Bertha 
Riccivrdb. 

"Top Hole" finishes at the Em- 
pire shortly. 

Percy Hutchinson and his English 
company are at the Palace In' "The 
Laughing. Optimist," Doing fairly 
well. 

Old melodrama is the vogue at 
the Opera* House. "Fade at the 
Window" current. 



"The Ingenues," girl band of 20, 
completely tie$l.up the show at the 
Tlvoll .(vaudeville) upon their de- 
but. House is doing capacity twice, 
daily. Wet weather has helped. 
Rest of the bill good with Cromwell 
Knox,, Len Maurice, Meehan and 
Shannon, J. J. Collins, Vera Wright 
and Thelma and Mae. 

Aevue offering at Fullers has 
Frank O'Brlan, Janice Hart, Bert 
Lee, Vasco's Band, S.am Ward, 
.Marie Ward, Alma Valdor and a 
ballet. Show runs mo'stly to danc^ 
ins and tab sketch ies. 



Pictures 

Capacity at the Capitol, Union 
Theatres. Ted Henkel's orchestra 
did nicely with an overture, then a 
hewsreel followed by Fred Scholl 
at the organ with several well 
played pop. numbers. "Fools for 
Luck" (Par) oi> the screen, and 
liked. Henkel's stage band rendered 
some hot tunes with the entertain- 
ment 8lo"wed up a bit hf John 
Prlora Singing two nuinbers. Next 
a snappy routine by the house 
ballet. Richard DIx In "Sporting 



The Picture—- 

"Saturday's Cldren" 



The Star — 



Corinne Griffith 

The Release— . 
FIRST NATIONAL 

The Director — 

ALFRED E. 




MARKSANDRICH 

DIRECTOR 

JToat Completed a Fedture riciare 
"RUNAWAY GIRLS" 
' For Columbia Pictures 



Goods" (Par) oH screen and rather 
disappointing. As Perry staged the 
presentation and did a good job. 
Henkcl has his boys working well 
and is a favorite here, D. W. Grif- 
fith's "Drums of Love" (V. A.), and 
"The Flfty-Fifty Girl" (Par), next 
week. 

The Regent is doing business with 
"Garden o£ Allah" (M-G), in for a 
two weeks run. Strelia Wilson and 
James Hay scored well with .slng- 
inK routine, Byron Bidwell pre- 
sentation, "Poarl of Cairo," okay. 
Dances staged by Maurice Diamond. 

"The Dove" (V. A,), is in for an 
extended nm at the Crystal Palace. 

"Sunrise" (Fox), had an auspicious 
opening at the Prince Edward last 
week and should run several weeks 
to good business. "Ghosts of Yes- 
terday," a revival short. Was inter- 
esting. Albert Cazabon's orchestra 
rendered "Hungarian Fantasle" ar- 
tistically. Eddie Horton offered 
"The Doll Dance" at the organ. 
Selma Gothard and Godfrey Smith 
appeared on the stage. Refined type 
of entertainment. 

Lyceum • is presenting "Little 
Shepherd of Kingdom Come" (FN) 
and "Sally in Our Alley." Torino, 
juggler, is the stage attraction. 

Empress offering "Speedy" (Par), 
second run; "His Dog" and "Love 
Me and the World Is Mine" (U). 

Strand .showing "The Smart Set" 
and "The Escape.", 

"Married Love" is at the Arcadia. 

Piccadilly soreenihg "The ■ Fair 
Paradise" and "Twisted Triggers." 

"The Mystery of Lourdes" is In 
for a run at the Adyar Hall under 
Reuben Baker management. 



celled their Australian tour by ar-< 
rangement with W-T. Outfit plays 
Eui'ope this year, but may visit here 
at a later date. No reason, beyond 
the European project, given for the 
cancellation. 



New South Wales governmeht will 
frame a bill to protect actors. It 
applies mostly to ballet' and chorus 
girls engaged, by unknown manage- 
ments. 

Actors' Federation appealed to the 
government; for the protection of the 
girl.s. The bill, will force the regis- 
tration of all managers and agents, 
providing penalties for non-compli- 
ancei and from |600. fine to six 
months in JaU to $1,000 fine, and one 
year's Imprisonment. i 



Union Theatres, Ltd., hds offered 
W. TUden attractlve^terms to appear 
in its theatres for a season. 

This chain, In conjunction with 
the Carrolls, will build an atmos- 
pheric theatre In Brisbane. 



* Following acts are playing tor 
Union Theatres, vaudfilm circuit: 
Torino, • the Dudleys, Dewar and 
Dawson, Wanda and Ester Savage, 
Lampinios, Divola, Riedpepper, Two 
Laments, Henri I^rench, Head. Hugo 
and Ramona, Tilton and West, 
Commonwealth Band, Santell and 
Co., Graham and Manning, Enos, 
O'Brien Sisters and Mack, the Red- 
head.s, prolog to "The Dove;" "Artists 
a'hd Models" revue, prolog to "Loves 
of Carmen." 



MELBC)URNE 

"Good News" -is not doing so well 
at the Princess for the Fullers. Sev- 
eral changes in principals made re- 
cently. 

"Hit the . Deck" . opens tonight, 
Aug. 4, at His Majesty's, for W-T. 
Ca?t includes . Gus Bluett, Annie 
Croft, May Beatty, Irving Rose and 
Lance I<Tilrfax. George Highland, 
producer.. 

"New Brooms, running at the 
Athenaeum for the Carrolls. Has 
good chance to click with American 
cast. 

Irene Home has scored in "The 
Patsy" at the Royal, W-T. 

Irene Vanbrugh and Dion Bouci- 
cault playing at the Comedy in "The 
High Road" for W-T. 

Tivoli has Kelso, revue, Mardo 
and Wynne, Althouse and MacCul- 
lum, and Jack Hennessy. 

Tab revue at the Bijou for the 
Fullers. 

"Riid Family," an Australian com 
ody, playing at the King's. 

Films 

"Wings" now in its third week at 
the Capitol and breaking records. 

Paramount pre.senting "Burning 
Daylight" aYd "The Shield' of 
Honor." ' 

"The Circus," playing at the City 
Hall for a run. 

Majestic has "Brass Knuckles" 
and "Under the Tonto Rim." 

Syd Chaplin's "Oh! What a 
Nurse" now in secorid week at the 
Auditorium with "The Love.s of 
Carmon," 



Leon Gordon doing well in New 
Zealand with "Trial of Mary Dugan" 
for W-T. 



Totl dal Monte, now playing with 
the Melba op6ra company, will wed 
E. de Muro Lomanto, also a member 
of that company. • - 



Pictures 

"King of King:?" will be given a 
second release in some of the lesser 
city theatres at. an early date. 



This week "The Circus" is . play- 
ing, in 12 different neighborhood 
houses. It's a .record here for a 
picture. 



"Lady Be Good" will be a special 
here. "The Merry Widow" goes into 
the Crystal Palace,- Sydney, soon' for 
a run. 



"Uncle Tom's Cabin" is doing re- 
markable business in the northern 
districts for Universal. 



PublfK Uniform Trade Mark^ 

Washington, Sept. 4. 
Publlx is px'otecting the uniforms 
it has made for its staffs. A trade 
mark was granted on the word 
Publix last week by the Patent Of- 
fice to cover uniforms and caps, 
with tlj^ mark going to Publix The- 
atres Corp. 

Use is claimed since December, 
1925, with the mark filed here in 
April, 1928. Serial No. is 265,164. 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 

(Continued from page 13) 

Invited the model to call. Not lons afterward the secretary received a 
visit from a man whose head and shoulders just showed. above the of- 
fice railing. The face was that of the advertisements. Going over and 
looking more closely, the secretary discovered his visitor was the model 
he was seeking. Above the chest he was an imposing looking subject, 
but the crown of his head was considerably less, than five feet above the 
floor. 



Real estate promoters in outlying Los Angeles sections are again mak- 
ing desperate efforts to interest picture men In settling. In their locality. 
,f One production ofCicial of a large studio has been urged to erect a 
few; sets on a plot 100 acres Jn extent at a. point in Sari Fernando valley, 
within 20 miles of Hollywood, and the land will be his. It will not be 
necessary to erect any studio nor will he have to guarantee production 
of any pictures. ,• 



Julius Stern (Stern Brothers), producer of Century Comedies/ Is 
also confronted with the problem of sound and talking pictures. 

At the studio recently he explained to employ.es that he knew nothing 
about talking pictures, but declared, "We must drift with the tide. . If 
it must be talkers it must be talkers. We will have to make them even 
though the expense will be more." 



One of the ex-directors who' continues to capitalize on the laurels of 
a freak picture made several years ago, and who of late turned scenario 
writer long enough to command attention from England, is back in 
Hollywood after being a bust in English filrn circles. 

Before returning to Hollywood he made connections with a prominent 
§tate .rights distributor whereby he was to. take over the story super- 
vision of all productions being made on the coast for this' company: 
By the time he arrived In Holly wood he . had coticeived the Idea that 
story supervisor for a small independent company did not mean much, 
so after exchanging wires soliciting a contract to produce, in addition 
to acting as supervisor, a contract to' make 18 films was granted pro- 
viding he could raise the production cost on his end. This he did by 
promoting ex-theatre owner for the necessary Immediate cash and then 
secured credit frorii a laboratory. He also succeeded in making the same 
deal with a leasing studio and others who could wait. 

First picture was completed and sent on to Lloyd's Storage in New 
York C. O. Di. to distributor, along with the plasters from the lab, studio 
and others. When the distributor refused to accept the picture the pro- 
ducer made himself automatically absent from his lavish headquarters 
at the leasing studio where he was preparing to make a big super. 
Press agent, engaged to ballyhoo the ex-director, is again out of a job, 



A couple, of Hollywood dynamite boys were tightening the screws oh a 
prospective buyer of picture stock when the buyer faltered In signing 
the check. As their last sales argument they said that the talking pic- 
ture had placed the picture business on a sound Investment basis. 



A Poverty Row casting agent catering extra players to independent 
producers has been devoting more time' to pro'mote suckers to invest 
their money in his business than in hustling Jobs for the extras. He 
met his downfall when he interested a married woman, whose husband 
operated a garage, to invest |5,000 for a part Interest. ' * 

The young woman had a . yen for getting Into pictures because It. 
might help in putting her young so'n In the same position that made 
Jackie Coogan famous. The five grand put a big dent in her savings 

(Continued 'on page 48) 



Notes 

Dick Bell, with "Good News" in 
Melbourne, has joined Gayle Wyer 
in a neighborhood house, for the 
Fullers, in tab revues. 



Hal Carleton, manager Prince Ed- 
ward, Sydney, leaves for the States 
shortly to look over the picture 
housissl ^ ' - 



Muriel Starr is playing "The Don- 
avon Affair" and under her own 
nian.ngement in Brisbane. 



Stanford University's baseball 
team met with defeat in their first 
game in Sydney . l.tst week. They 
then Won, 9 to 4, Baseball is popu- 
lar hero. 



Popito, Sp;iiii.sh clown, has been 
booked for a sea.sqn over the Tivoli 
circuit. 



Jack Ilylton and orchestra can- 






ESTABLISHED 1910 



Have signed the following artists under pur exclusive 

management for 

TALKING PICTURES 



LIONE BARRYMORE 
ALEXANDER CARR 
WILLIAM DEMAREST 
CLAUDE GILLINGWATER 



VERA GORDON 
OTIS HARLAN 
FRED KELSEY 
VERA LEWIS 



HOLLYWOOD 



EDWARD MARTINDEL 
GWYNN WIUIAMS 
HAROLD WALRIDGE 
GEORGE SIDNEY 

- CAL. 



With most sincere thanks to 

^Mr. RbtJkj^feLMnd^ 

for my 4 months' happy engage- 
ment at the Roxy Theatre, 
New York 




ANTHONY Z. 





En route to the new 

FOX THEATRE, DETROIT 



with my partner, 

MISS DONALDSON 



NOW BALLET MASTER FOR 

MR. JACK STEBBINS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIETY 



25 



and stitt 




come 



r 



"-V-i 



TIN I EyERVWHEREI 

^'Lilac Time! had marvelous opening 
Ml Publix Olympia, New Haven. Turned 
tliem away matinee and held them out . 
for hours at evening performances.' 
Beat 'Patent Leather Kid ' receipts by 

, big margin. Theatre is opening at one 
o'clock instead of two to handle the 
crowds." 

— M. H. Keleher, New Haven 

STARR I US 

COiLEEN 

NOORf 

. a CEORGE 
FITZNAUBICE 

Production . Pros^htod by 

JOHN NcCOniNICK 
with GJmy COOPER 

ScMiarlo bv Carair Wilson ■ rron^ 
lh« Piav by Jan* CpwI and Jano 
Nurftn ■ Adaatatlon by WUIIs Gol*>. 
I>«€fc ■ TItlai bv CMnia Narlonr 



. Famous Clevelrtttft House ^ 
acooramodate overflow. -.^.V.^-.-.-^ - ' - 

Beat lis Own Hieeord in :«iid 



FirstJWeek *at bjg ,eM#|o;^Key; "feoOse broke liouse record, and ^.^'f , 
no^-^^^Se^ond w^ek belter. 'Jtlian fir^t ^ , . . *Lil>ic Ti.meV'syn- j^; > , 
chrbnizeildrW extra by going ntp insteod of down^> ; ■* 

, m- fl^on#Wek afte£k^6ckiiig^ figure; on the opener* ;^ 



Gr^Bs '^Ihnbed ^^^^'^Viiirieiy 



veeotrds hvoken lit 



L I L A C 



T H £ B I O O £ T T H I IV O I IV 



X A 



s I o u T - o T s o r jy n 



r 



IS HIAKIIVO THIS OIVE OBEAT YEAB TO BE SHOW BCSIWESS 

Member f Motion Picture Produceia «u Dlstrfbutoti «f America. lnc**'WUl H.Haya 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 




GUNFIRE! 
POLICE SIRENS! 
GANGSTER 
JARGON! 
MACHINE GUNS 
IN ACTION ! 
CHINATOWN 
BEDLAM ! 
BOMB 
EXPLOSIONS ! 
AND SMASHING 
TALK 
SEQUENCES 
CULMINATING 
IN THE 
TERRIFIC 
REVERBERA- 
TIONS OF 



V 



William i> Baton 

•yre/emti 



^^^^^^^ 



NOW you can show 'em 
Gang War as it really is! 

91' 

Writers, dipping their 
pens in colorless ink, have 
tried in vain to portray its 
living thrills. 

FBO lifts it, white-hot, quivering, 
pulsing with life, raging with 
the crack of gat • . . the rattle of 
machine gun . . . the roar of 
bomb . . . the scream of terror 
. . . from out the raging purlieus 
of seething Chinatown in thrill'' 
ing sound and gripping dia- 
logue ! 

Sound or Silent .. . whichever 
way you play it . . . it's destined 
to bomb all records into oblivion! 



Big Six in Sound 
and Silent Now 
Sweeping the Na- 
tion or on tlie way! 

^^Perfect Crime,'' 
Hit of the Show," 
**Gang War," "The 
Circus Kid," ^^Taxi 
13," "Blockade." 



AN FBO PRODUCTIOli WITH QLH&., 



ttcK PICKFORD wiSlTCTfiSH. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PICT U R E S 



VARIETY 



27 



COAST NOTES 



Gary Cooper an(J Fay Wray ore to 
be teamed in a talking picture 
known as "Rodeo Romance," Par. 

Norma Talmadge will remake 
"Slffn on the Door" for U. A. 
^. , 

Mitchell Lewis added to "One 
Stolen Night" WJB. 

Complete cast for "Stool Pigeon,". 
Columbia, includes Olive Borden, 
Charles Belaney, Xucy Boaumpnt, 
liouia Natheaux, Ernest Adams, Al 
Hill, Robert Wilbur and Clarence 
Burton. Renaud Hoffnian directing. 

Frank Capra to direct "Power of 
the Press" (Col); doing before "The 
Younger Generation" (Col). 

■'■ Dan Vcnturini, former indepen- 
dent producer and director, signed 
by Par. to write original.*?. 



George Chandler. First Is "Saps 
and Saddles," Gino Doyle ua femi- 
nine lead. 



George Stone, added to "Ritzy 
Rosie," F. N. Mervyn LeRoy di- 
recting. 



In "Smiling Terror," western 
starring Ted Wells, U, are Derelys 
Perdue, Bud Osborne, Al Ferguson, 
Pee Wee Holmes, Clark Comstock 
and Ben Corbett. 



James Gleasoh wrote an original 
for Viima BanKy's next for U. A. 
Following that he will direct "Shan- 
nons of Broadway" as a talker for 
that company. 



Montagu Love, added to "Mys- 
terious Island," M-'G. , 



Liuclen Littlefield, signed by T-S 
for "Man in Hobbles.V George 
Archainbaud directing. 



Noah Beery added to 
Feathers," Par. 



'Four 



George Barraud, added to "Tropi- 
cal Madness," PBO. 



Paiamount .signed J. Roy Hunt, 
camei-aman, to a term contract. 
Company now has eight contract 
cameramen. 



Melville Brown substituted. 
Pathe to direct "Geraldine." 



by 



Walter Lang signed by T-S to 
direct "Spirit of Youth." Tale is 
based on Booth Tarkington's "Ram- 
say Milholland." 

U's new sound projection room, 
temporarliy installed in the club- 
house, is in operation. 

Matt Taylor and Dan Tomlinson 
collaborating for Fox on a story | 
for Sammy Cohen and Ivun Linow. 

David Torernce added to "Our 
Daily Bread" (Fox). 

In "Queen of Night Clubs." star- 
ring Texas Guinan. for W. B., .Jack 
Norworth, John David.son and JDddie 
Foy, Jr. 

In "Stark Mad," W. B., are Loulao 
Fazehda, H. B. Warner, Jacqueline 
Logan, H. B. Walthall, John Miljan, 
Claude Gilllngwater, Andree Beran- 
ger, Lionel Belmore, Warner Rich- 
mond and Floyd Shackelford. Plc^ 
ture will be all-talker. 



Lucien Hubbard to direct "Mys:- 
terlous Island," M-G-M. It is a sub- 
sea story begun off the. Bahamas in 
1927. James Murray, Jane Daly, 
Lionel Barrymore and Montagu 
Love in the cast. 



Albert Conti added to "Queen 
Kelly," F. B. O- 

Louis Wolheim added to "Vic- 
tory," Par. 



a group of 32 glrla to play opposite 
Rex Bell In Fox's next western. 



Charles Logue and Paul Gangelin 
added to Pathe's scenario dei>art- 
mcnt under lon^-term contracts. 



Title of Tom Mix's next for FBO 
will be "Outlawed." 



Tree," and production postponed as 
many times, story Is believed to 
have the flnal o. k. of John bt.ahi. 
It goes into produet'ion Oct. 10, li.l- 
mor Clifton directing. 



his name to Itomoro. and got a Job 
with Columbia. He is making a 
screen treatment for "The Bachelor 
Girl." 



Roland Drew opposite Sally 
O'Neil in "Applause," T-S. 



Vera CJordon and 'Alexander Carr 
fuUled to "Ni'/,e Baby," M-G. 



Sept. 24 ti puts its serial. "The 
Diamond Master,", into production. 



Walter McGrall and Maude 
George, added to "The Veiled Wom- 
an," Fox. Emmett Flynn directing. 

John Lbder, signed In England 
this summer by Jesse Lasky, will 
be in "Four Feathers," Par. 

Alfred Allen, onie-time piaywi'ight, 
added to "Gold Braid," M-G. 

Charles Lane, added to "Canar>' 
Murder Case," Par. 



Fay Wray In "Wolf of Wall 
Street" opposite George Bancroft, 
Par.. Baclanova, also in cast. 



Lola Todd, at one time a featured 
contract player for U, is . staging a 
comcb.'jck. She was selected out of 



Paul Lukas added; to. "Shop Worn 
Angel," Par. 

Sybil Grove, Alex Melesh, Alex 
Woloskih and Andre Cheron added 
to "His Private Life," Par. 

Complete cast for "Queen of Bur- 
lesque," T-S, includes Bellei Ben- 
nett. Joe B. Brown, Alberta Vaughn 
and CharJes Byer. Al Ray will dl 
rect. 



After makinf? : several . screen 
treatments for the "Devil's Apple 



James J'^lood to direct "The Girl 
Wio Came Back," Eve Southern 
featured, T-S. 

Mark SandrlcTi writing original, 
with Perry Nathan, a.s his next lUm 
for Col. 



Joseph Jackson, scenarist, .signed 
by Warners. 

•'Saps and Saddles/' first of new 
series of tenderfoot westerns, star- 
ring George Chandler, completed at 
U. To be 12 in series. 



Clarence Burton added to "Stool 
Pigeon" (Col). 

Columbia's next special will be 
' 'Redemption." 

Forrest Halsey to adapt "Satur 
day's Cliildren" for Corinne Griffith, 

f.'n. 



W. J. Craft and unit returned to 
Hollvwood after spending four 
weeks filming "Cohens and Kellys 
in Atlantic City." 



• Harry Fishbeck, cameraman, has 
signed to Par. contract. 



Ramon Romeo, scenarist, changed 



M-G is broadcastin.c: a call for 
midgets for ' Mysterious island." to 
be done In Technicolor. 



tT has started Aiming "The Wood- 
en Soldier." 10th of 12 Laemmle 
novelties. 

Troulie making "Avalanche." Par, 
has gone to F^j^staft, Ariz , for o-x- 
terlora. Company numbers 50. and 
returns to studio Sept. 10. 



Dawn O'Day added to "Sins of the 
Fathers," Par, 

Howard Estabrook. writing con- 
tinuity of "Shopworn Angel," Par. 



Sam Mlntz; and Percy Heath, writ- 
ing continuity of "Three Week 
Ends," Par. 

Samuel Ornitz. writing original for 
"The Tong War," Par. . 



George M. Waiters writing origi- 
nal for next Fay Wray-Oary Cooper 
picture (Par). 

Paul Perez titling "Floating Coir 
lege," his sixth consecutive picture 
for T-S. 



LoThs Wolheim, signed by Patho 
to i)lay the heavy in "The Shady 
Lady." E. H. Grimth directing. 



ISIeeded Every Day! 



An exact reproduction of a column of a page from the Theatre Section 

of the .Current Edition 



M 



OTIONDICrURE 



TRIADS miJLECTOJLir 



Ralph Ceder directing a recently 
completed series of H. C. Witwer 
stories for Larry Darmour. 



state}* SffBW YOBR 

CITY 



6421 



. Don Aivarado, Marcelind Day, 
Fritzl Brunette, Allen Roscoe, J. W. 
Johnston, Fred Holmes, Nora Cecil 
and Joe Mack in "Driftwood," Col, 



r — ■ I y< 

I SEATING CAPAOTYK 



"7^2001 ® 15c & 25c 



Gary Cooper and Lupe Velez co- 
featured in "The Wolf Song," Victor 
Fleming directing. Par. Shooting 
starts Oct. 7. . 



Julian. Johnson la. titling. "Inter- 
ference" and George Marlon, Jr., 
"Moran of the Marines," both Par. 



iN6iCArESsnucny 

ISr RUN HOUSE 



I. Charles Davis producing two 
pictures for Eldorado, featuring Bob 
Custer, for Syndicate release. J. P. 
McGowan is directing. 



SOUND EQUIPMENT 
15 STATED IN EACH LISTING 



Walter Fabian directing a series 
©f 12 two-reel comedies featuring 



f i 



NOW IN SECOND YEAR 

Bb Bb Bb 



n 



NUMBER OF TIMES 
A WEEK 
PROGfUVM IS CHANGED 



Crescent Theatre . 

1175 Uoston Rd. ^ . „ 

Operated By— Joelson it Suchman .of New 
York City which sec upder CbaUi The* 
atrcB. ■ ^ 

Mgr.— Irvln Cohn. 
Ituoker —Meyer Solomon. 
Film Buyer— J. Joelson. 
rurch'a8ln«r Asrent— Herman Starr. 
Phone— Kilpatrlck 76ie. 

Criterion Theatre [•2.200] $1. & %2. 

Broadway & 44th Bt 
Operated By— IiiUivldual Pictures Corp., 

Paramount Bldie:... N. Y. 
MRr. — .T. A. Manning, 
riiwne— Bryant 7510, 

Crotona Theatre [2,257] ® 25c & 46c 

453 E; Tremont Ave. 
Run— riciuros, Vitaphone, Movietone ft 

VaudcvUlc. ^ »T _ 

OperuteU By— Fox Theatres Corp. of New 

York City which see under Chain The* 

atres. 
Mgr. — .Mr, Heiman. . 
Booker — Joe. Leo. 

I'urchaslng ABcnt— I. Krotosky (850 lOtb 

Ave. I . . 
Projectlonlstr— J. Caput©. 
Phone— Tremont 5400. 



15c & 30c 



More Than a »Iast«r of Ceremoulee 
At COFFEE DAN'Si Los Angeles, Cal. 



HELENE HUGHES 
ROY SMOOT 

FiMituired «vith 
FANCUON and MARCO 



STANLEY and 6IRNES 

t^tilHliliig Our' . 

Fahchon and Marco Route 

At Salt Lake City 
Capitol Theatre, Oct. 1 
Direction MORRIS AGENCt 



Michigan Vaude Mgrs. Ass'n \ 
Charlie MACK 

EookluK the moat extensive , circuit, 
of vnudcvllle and prefientatlon the- 
atres between New Vor.lc onl Chicago 
Michigan Theatre BIdg. 
DETROIT 
standard Acta, Wrlto or Wire 

ASK rr.AKi. lUKi <;i> . 



JOHN and HARRIET 

GRIFFITH 

Dancing SpccinlttcH r'lii'. IVrhonuUty 
Approcirttlon to Fuiiclion and Marco 



Daly Theatre [1^500] _ 

!Sf)2 E. Tremont Are. „ « , 

Beatinif Capacity— 1000 plus 1300 for Roof 

when open. . ^ - », 

Opomted By— O. S. & V. .Corp pf l)^ew 
Vorl; City which see under Chain Ine. 
atres. . . . . 

Flln» Buyer, Booker * Purchasing Agent 
— laclc Stillnian. (Congress Theatre, 054 
Southern Blvd.. N. Y.) , 
Purchslnr Agentr-Snmucl Torpgora (Cofa- 
yv^a- -iiu'oire. 054 Southern Blvd. at 149th 

. St., N. T.) , 
House iW«;r.—.Tos. A^ . KUgler. 

'• I Phone^Fordbam 7163. 

RUN VAUDEVILLE . . ^ ,.„c..i «^ 

^)DtTIONTO PICTURES I ^>«*a^<~ 

SuffolkJ?^elancy Sta. 
Opcrut«r By— r.oew's. Inc. of New YorH 

Ciur^whicli see "tinder ChslD Theatres. 
ItiTOse Mcr.— A. Guttcrmah. ■ . 
ilm Buyer -Oavid Loew (1540 Broadway, 

Filin Bm.licr-Frcd MUcheU (1540 Broad- 

pSiMinV^ ABcnt - Chas.. Sonla . (1540 

Broadway, N. Y.) ,11 i-aa w 

Vnudeville Booker— Jack Lubln (l4o w. 

•JOtli St,. K.. Y.I 
Phone— Orchard 4971. 

Donelas Theatre 
640 Lenox Ave. 
Phone — Edgqcomb 'SOli 
Dyckni.m Th-atr-.i 1,700] ® 

!5u2 W. 207th SL ^ . ,^ ^ „ 

Op<'n.t:>'l Uy— I'lic Springer Circuit of New 
York City which Koe- under Chain The- 
iitres.- 

IIouHf Mpr-Mr. I.tinlz. 

Film Buvcr & Hooker — J. W. Springer 
(Symphony Thraire, 2&31 Broadway. 
N ' V I 

I'ur'ohii'slnc ARcnt— .M H;iml>urgf>r (Adel- 

l.liih TlifMirc. 'J-l()« Uroadway, N. Y.) 
riionf— I.orrninp 4122. 



A directory of the Industry 
presented in the most conven- 
ient form for ready reference by 
every Producer, Distributor, 
Theatre Owner or Equipment 
Manufacturer. 1,000 pages of 
Trade Facts that every progres- 
sive person in the Motion Pic- 
ture Industry will want at his 
elbow. 



(VUN PRESENTATIONS OR 
DE LOKE PROGRAM . 
I N ADDITION TO PICTURES 



HERBERT D. SEIBERT & CO. 

Incorporated 

126 Front St. (near Wall) 
New York City 

Telephotiett — ,Iolin 4857-8-9 

Gentlemen : 

We attach our $10 check for a subscription to the 
Motion Picture Trade Directory. Please send us a copy 
of the first 1928 edition by return mail, 



ADULT ADMISSION 

APTtRNeON&EVENlNGr 



■©^150 



"&^25c 



Eagle Theatre [• 1,200] 

1H.7J- -.'!rcl .Vvc. _ 
-^OiTPrTiff U "^By-- I;3^1<r^^ 
Inf. 

Offi<er8 -Wm Salkiii, Tros 
Ifouoe Mk-r.. rurcliHsInK Asent & Vaudo- 
ville Book*r— J. H. r'hllllPS- ,„, 

l-ilm Buyer A Booker— J. 11. rhllUps. 

Phone — Atwb(or 0171. 



Name • • • • 

.^-Address :^nd-^^^ 

By • • •• 



<«**«•* 



Date 



.-J 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



THE WATER HOLE 

(Continued from page 14) 

the generally familiar continuity ai'e 
offset by the leading pair's Intelli- 
gent playing, particularly that of 
Miss Carroll, who makes her hoyden 
a living, breathing charactei*. Holt, 
as dapper In dinner jacket as he 
i(3 manly in chaps and sombrero, is 
perfectly cast foi'. the Zane Grey 
hero. 

For all of its genei-al llghtweight- 
edness; ; "The Water Hole" will 
please the fans and will, of course, 
make nioney for the producer and 
exhibitor alike. It's an. inexpensive 
production, chiefly outdoors, with 
more than two reels transpiring on 
supposedly Arizona wasteland, lead- 
ing into the mirage; stuff when, the 
near-victims search for the water 
hole as a result of a horse-thieving 
Indian guide having stolen their 
mountSi 

The Interiors, are few,- the most 
pretentious flash being a few shots 
of a ballroom dance. As a result, 
considering the production and the 
personnel, this one won't Impoverish 
anyone, and it will please even, the 
skeptical western fans. Feature 
has enough of the "society" in it to 
click with the fern nies, 

■There is some natural color pro- 
togi-aphy included in the prolog in 
the Adam and Kve allegorical by- 
play arid in one: mid-section golf 
scene. It : is disclosed that Miss 
Carroll is a flaming Titian, unless 
the celluloid is artificially tinted, the 
black-on-white otherwise showing 
her off as a blonde. Whether a 
red-head of not, Mi.ss Carroll is 
a cutie and a comedienne of sur- 
prising resourcefulness and depth, 

Aleh 



this talented lady. Made by Alex 
Nalpas for L, Aubert Distribution, 
It carries a couplo of known 
dancers, MUo, Edmonde Guy and 
her partner. Van Duren, as prin- 
clpal.s, supported by Mona Goya, 
Sylvie Mai, Yvonne Legeai, Valenti 
Kolino, Paul Lprbert and Jacques 
Arnna. 

The story has been somewhat 
changed 'for this picture version, 
with the book preferable this time. 

Pindere Is a smart, handsome 
young man, seeking adventures. He 
joins a party visiting the ancient 
sites of Mingrelia, is made prisoner 
and to receive good: treatment Pin- 
dere poses as a diplomat. 

He is brought into touch with the 
governing classes of the region and 
also meets a French dancer, Lily 
de Thorigny, with whbni he falls in 
love. One day Pindere is invited 
to visit the ollgarche ruling the city, 
and to his astonishment finds him- 
self In front of Mandane, a beauti- 
ful Princess, who constitutes the 
monarch all on her own. The couple 
are mutually Infatuated. The lady 
is anxious to shoot the moon, and 
Pindere assists her in appropriat- 
ing the court jewelry.. Nevertheless, 
he is gentleman enough to think of 
Lily, They cross the frontier and 
are -then safe from pursuit, where 
the two women abandoned their de- 
voted, amorous slave. 

Then he woke , up; it .was a dream. 
"L'Oublie" is a romantic sort of reel 
for short-run houses. KetidrciQ. 



FORGOTTEN 

(FRENCH MADE) 

Paris, Aug. 20. 

Another French film, adapted 
from a novel "L'Oublie" by the pro- 
lific Pierre Benoit. The subject la 
full of adventures in foreign lands, 
with an eccentric beautiful lady as 
exotic heroine. 

"L'Oublie" has been produced by 
Mme. Germalne Dulac with care. It 
Is by no means the best release of 



HERNIE KING 

Musical Master of Ceremonies 

Direction Taachon and Marco 

Fifth Ave. Theatre, Seattle 



Gino Severi 

MUSICAr. 1>TRl!CTOR 
CAM,FORNTA TirEATRI! 
SAN IlftANCISCO 

Direction : 
WEST COAST THEATRES. Inc. 



A SHIP COMES IN 

Pathe production and release. Directed 
by W. K. Howard. Original story and 
adaptation by Jullen Joaephson. Rudolph 
Schlldkrau't, Loulae Dresser and Robert 
Edeson featured. In cast, Mlltori Holmes, 
Linda liandl, Frlt2 Feld a^id ljuclen Llt- 
tlefleld.' At the Hippodrome, New Tork. 
week of Sept. 3. Bunning time, 75 minutes. 



A Story of immigrant life which 
packs plenty of sentiment but still 
manages to keep from going over- 
board on sob stuff. Fine -work by 
Rudolph Schildkraut and Louise 
Dresser, together" with discreet -di- 
rection by Howard, makes this a 
worth while screen offering. 

Story concerns the trials and trib- 
ulations of Peter Pleznik (Schild- 
kraut), a Hungarian immigrant. 
Peter becomes a patriot alinost as 
soon as he and his family set foot 
on their adopted land despite the 
grumblings of an anarchistic coun- 
tryman. Obtaining a job as a mop- 
per In a federal building he looks 
forward to the day when he will 
have citizenship conferred upon him 
and sees nothing but happiness, 
ahead for his family. 

When he Is finally naturalised, 
Peter, to show his appreciation, 
plans to present the Judge with , a 
cajce that Mrs. Pleznik (Miss Dres- 
ser) has baked. The disgruntled 
anarchist removes the cake and 
places a b^mb in the box that Peter 
brings to the judge's office. The 
Infernal machine explodes, the judge 
who has befriended Peter is serious 
ly Injured, his secretar-y Is bumped 
off and Peter is jailed, convicted 
of radical tendencies. To add to 
his misfortunes Peter's son, who has 



enlisted In the army, is killed in 
action. Despite all this, his patriot- 
ism never wavers and In the end all 
Is cleared up and Peter goes back 
to his mops and brooms happy. 

Lacking a final clinch or box of- 
fice title the flicker nevertheless 
should find an appreciative audi- 
ence In the neighborhoods, eepc- 
clally those drawing from a foreign 
element. 



THE VORTEX 

(ENGLISH MADE) 
Produced 'by Gainsborough and released 
In America tiirough Ameranglo. Few 
credlta. Adaptation of Noel Coward play 
of «ame name. Cast: Ivor Novello, WU- 
lette Kershaw. At Fifth Ave. Playhouse, 
week of August 25. Running time, ec 
minutes. 



which continues on a roof, to fill 
in between the start and finish 
which are 55 minutes apart. 

Daugherty screens as no beauty 
but looks wholesomely athletic and 
seems able to lead and feint with- 
out falling down. Miss Falre merely 
plays straight and Kotsonaros Is the 
appropriate heavily muscled menace. 
Comedy touch Is derived from a 
coiiple of kids continuously giving 
the uncouth wrestler the bird. Mod- 
erate production called for and U 
evidently had no objections. Cam- 
era and title work average and 
minus high spots. 

Novelty sport touch plus Daugh- 
erty's two fights to let It stand 
alone in the dally changes If neces- 
sary. Sid. 



The only salvation for "The Vor- 
tex" In the American , market will 
be the "arty" houses. At that fans 
will have to be pretty arty not to 
laugh at this melodrama, with Its 
ludicrously heavy titles and its be- 
lated climax. 

Stiff, Btarchy and absurdly arti- 
ficial are the members of the cast. 
The Coward play Is there In out- 
line but the substance" Is so han- 
dled as to be mistaken for bur- 
lesque by any cluster of American 
ticket buyers. 

Stuff of the mother playing kitten ; 
the athletic boy who could out talk 
a speaklid crowd, the gigolo se- 
quences, the newspaper girl who Is 
an actress of scanty screen experi- 
ence—all these angles and many 
more make the picture a poor sub- 
ject for screen audiences of all 
grades. 



THE BODY PUNCH 

Universal production and release . starring 
Jacic Daugherty with Virginia Browne 
Falre underlined. Directed by LiClgh Jason 
from H. O. Hoyt'a atory. Titles by Gardner 
Bradford. Cast Includes George Kotson- 
aroB, . Honte Montague and Wilbur Mack. 
At lioew'a New Tork as half of double 
bill Aur. 24. RannlDg time, K minutes. 



Favorable action episode for the 
intermediates. It presents the sport 
controversy of boxer versus wrestler 
with the ultimate decision In favor 
of a straight left, the contest go- 
ing to a finish In a boarding house 
room. Daugherty is the glove ex- 
ponent and Kotsonaros the catch- 
as-catch-can artist. 

Love interest flits . in when 
Daugherty saves Miss Falre In an 
underworld cafe brawl. Her social 
parasite eompanlbn ieventually tries 
to get away with a necklace, 
Daugherty is blamed and this leads 
to the private four wall struggle 
with the wrestler, the latter having 
taken the trinket from the actual 
snatcher. Interested in welfare 
work. Miss Falre stages a charity 
bazaar, the main attraction to be 
the boxer and. wrestler In a ring 
The missing bracelet abruptly calls 
off the contest and postpones the 
decision until the two men meet 
privately. 

Sport angle should catch the In- 
terest of male patronage and there's 
enough activity in the cafe scrap. 



Moscow as It Laughs 

(RUSSIAN MADE) 

Berlin, Ayg. 20. 

The Ru.ssians are leaping ahead 
in film production. This Is their 
comedy and it is splendid. B. Bar- 
nett, who directed, for the Sovkino, 
rushies right up into the Lubltsch. 
class. 

What the Hollywood comedies so 
greatly lack In freshness of view- 
point and vitality is here to be found 
in abundance. That It sometimes 
flows over a bit is excusable and 
hardly disturbs. . 

A little modiste Is registered by- 
her employers as living in their 
apartment, so that they may be al- 
lowed by the police to have an extra 
room (great shortage of living 
quarters in Moscow). She has sym- 
pathy with a youn^ student who 
has no place to live, and marrying 
him, takes him to the apartment and 
demands her room. 

Her employers are . furious biit 
are forced to give It to her. They, 
however, remove all furniture; The 
two spend their wedding night 
.sleeping on the hard wooden floor — 
all, of course. In comiplete childish 
innocence. 

In the end the girl wins a prize 
in a lottery and after some ex- 
citing rough house cOmedy, the two 
are really united. 

Charming Is the work of 'Anna 
Sten and Koval Samborsky in the. 
leads. 



RIDERS OF THE DARK 

M-O-M ' production and release; Tim 
McCoy starred. Directed by Nick Grlnde 
with George Nogle at camera. ' Story "by 
"W. S. Van Dyke. . In ca-^t: Dorothy Dwan, 
Roy D'Arcy, Dick Sutherland. At Stanley, 
New York, one day. Running time 60 
minutes.. 



Tim McCoy may. be able to knock 
over five or islx of fllmdom's bad 
boys of the plains and get away 
with it, but it will take a real fan 
with moronlstlc tendencies to as 
slmllate Tim's, blase accomplish- 
ment of a half regiment or more In 
his "Riders of the Dark." . 

How come the dark is another 
matter for discussion. The sun 
beams out brightly except when 
Tim leaves Rex Lease and Dorothy 
Dwan to defend the prison, while 



he summons the troops to wipe out 
Bad Guy Eagan's horde. 

Plenty of physical combat In this 
film baby; in fact, more than pio- 
neers in the racket would ever hav« 
attempted. 

This is Tim's most glorious con- 
tribution to what one man can do 
to several score or more — on th« 
screen. 



CHAMPAGNE 

(BRITISH MADE) 

Produced by British International Pic- 
tures, Ltd. Directed by Alfred HItchcocJc. 
Distributed In the U. K. by Wardour 
Films, ' Ltd.; in America by. the World 
Wide Fi m Corp. through Educational Ex- 
changes. Story by Walter Mycroft and' 
Alfred Hitchcock. Scenario by Elliot 8tan. 
nard. Photography by Jack Cox. Censora* 
certificate "U." Previewed at the London 
Hippodrome Aug. 20. Running time, M 
minutes. 

Betty, daughter of a Champagne King... 

' Betty Balfour 

The Champagne King Gordon Haiker 

rho Boy.... Jean Bradln 

The Cosmopolitan Ferdinand von Alten 



If J. D. Williams is going to re- 
lease British pictures in America he 
will have to get some better than 
this. The story Is of the weakest, 
an excuse for covering 7,000 feet ot 
harmless celluloid with logs and 
close-ups. 

Be a female star ever so good— 
and Betty Balfour is not seen here 
at her best— no audience is going to 
stand for nine-tenths of a film 
being devoted to her doing noth- 
ing In particular. That's what 
happens here, with no other wom- 
an in the cast, and three men who 
are Indeterminate in character and 
badly directed. 

Two versions of the story are 
given — one in the press book and 
anothier In a v. p. folder. Neither 
has much resemblance to the story 
on the screen, which Is really an 
advantage to thei, literature. 
' Gordon Harker Is supposed to 
be a "Champagne King," whatever 
that is, but the film show^s him, 
both In action and captions, as a 
caricature of Hollywood's idea of 
a successful New York busini^ss 
man. His daughter wants to 
marry a boulevard cake-eater, and 
poppa disagrees. The lover sails 
on the Aquitania (spelled through- 
out with a "c"), and Betty follows 
(Continued on page 30) 



DAVE GOOD 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES 
COLOR.1DO THBATRi:, DENVEB' 
ThaalcB to Fanchon and Ulaico 




R 

IN 

A Two-Reel Talkie -Comedy 

"A RBGUXAB BUSINKSvS MAN" 
Bryant 8027 Strand. Now York, Now 
By JOHN STOK£S 



I 




WERNER 



DETROIT'S BELOVED MUSICAL GENIUS 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR, fflCHIGAN THEATRE DETROIT 

CELEBRATING HIS 15th ANNIVERSARY AS PREMIER MUSICAL DIRECTOR 

WITH KUNSKY THEATRES 

Spphony Orchestra 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIETY 



29 




llicy are 
flocildngto 




?•? f*U.l. . ''e can... 



c^sjfj^UXr £Si our.., 

«>e; tCl «1« «*aotic fc* 

^^o^S* in i?' ^'oieT* om^'' 

*'**^«»* In it^^^ ft)* for tT*"' 

and -*r= J'ott a~.,^ ^ 
"/^f-nes,, for 

^ours. 



"We cannot reconcUe onrselves to the belief that we 
could farther our interests . . . without the aid of such 
box office stimulants as the new FOX productions 



Anetiier skrewd sfcowmaii books FOX loo%-Aiiotfcer showman 
wboAmws who has the inmp on everybody in sight and sound 



V. 

1 I 

»> . 

I • . 
I 





$^ Specials . 
Ready . 
for your prosperity ^ 





30 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



GUS EDWARDS says: 

''Goodbye Broadway --Hello Hollywood!*' 

€% Because he has been signed by M-G-M to supervise; write; 




compose, stage and direct original talking picture productions 
MR. EDWARDS Thanks His Many Loyal Friends for Their Good Wishes 



Dear Gus: 

Your wide experience and t>riginal- 
ity make you the ideal man for the 
work. You and the M-G-M Corpora- 
tion will be a splendid combination. 
Good Wishes. 

Faithfully, 




Dear Gus: 

You're a natural, KID. You can't 
miss. 




Dear Gus: 

The talking pictures are in their 
infancy, and where "infancy" is con- 
cerned you're there. 



Sincerely, 



My dear Gus: 

Always said you can't keep a good 
man down. Enjoyed your personal 
performance immensely^ Go to it, boy. 
I see nothing but success in store for 
you. 

Best wishes. 

Sincerely, 
(Warner Bros.) 



My dear Gus: 

Welcome to Culver City, aiid may 
your film stars flicker as brightly in 
the future as your stage stars have in 
the past. 

Best wishes. 

"Sincfcrely, 



Au revoir, Gus, and a pleasiant trip 
to yoii. Hollywood has stolen an- 
other genius. Alas and alack, it is 
ever true. So much for. so much. 
Hollywood gains, Broadway loses. 
God bless you. 



My dear Gus: 

You have the qualifications, experi- 
ence and background to succeed in 
your new undertaking of writing and 
producing sound pictures. 

I wish you every success, and I 
know you will do your bit to advance 
the cause of sound pictures. 

Yours sincerely. 




Dear Gus: 

I heard today that Metro-Gold wyn- 
Mayer has engaged you to write and 
produce sound pictures for them". 
They couldn't have chosen a better 
man, and they are to be congpratu- 
lated. Knowing the fine work you 
have done in the past, I don't see how 
you can miss in your new field. 

With kindest regards and best 
wishes for your success. 

Sincerely yours. 




Dear Gus: 

All your friends on the Coast, in- 
cluding myself, have great confidence 
for your success with sound pictures. 
If Gus Edwards doesn't know what 
the public wants — ^who does? More 
power to you . and congratulation3 to 
Metro-Goldwyii-Mayer. 

Kindest regards, 




Thanks to HARRY RAPF, and HARRY RAPF Says "He Always Picks Winners" 

P. S.— Thanks tp Keith-Albee-Orpheum for contracts ofiFered; to A. J. Balaban and Publix for season's ojffers; the Loew Circuit, 

Stanley Company, not forgetting Charles Morrison, Abe Lastfogel and William Morris Agency. 




MR. EDWARDS Will Continue His "Star-Gazing," Looking for New Proteges to Develop 

Address All Communicatiohs to 



Meii^stuaios : * € I) y El; W AK DS ^^^^^^^^ 

After September 15 

PERMANENT NEW YORK OFFICE: SUITE 405, 1560 BROADWAY, NEW YORK 



★ 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



FILM REVIEWS 



VAI?IETY 



31 



CHAMPAGNE 

(Continued from page 28) 

}a a plane, which she crashes in 
th« path of the Ilncr. At this point 
the film commences on the screen. 

The boy friend l^ets sore at Bet- 
ty taking: a high hand Just he- 
cause poppa has dough, and she 
geta sore at him for getting sore, 
throws him down, and plays 
around with a nasty- looking mid- 
dle-ager. In Parla she gives wild 
parties. Then father tells her he's 
broke, so they go to live In a hovel 
While, she gets work in a cabaret 
to keep' the home fires burning. 
Boy friend finds her there and goes 
to fetch poppa. Meantime, fed up 
with the life, she asks the bad man 
of the boat. Who has turned up 
again, to take her to Americia. When 
she flnds he has booked a double 
berth on the liner she gets cold feet, 
but boy friend arrives to rescue her, 
and they both find bad man is a: 
friend of father's who has been 
framed by him to. teach her a lesson. 

Technic'filly — settings, photogra- 
phy and lighting— it's as good as 
they come. But the story, the direc- 
tion and the acting are dire. Betty 
Balfour has a thankless role and 
far too many close-ups. As a New 
York business man Gordon Harker 
la a wild burlesq.uc of a Sinclair 
Lewis complex. Von Alten looks 
good and plays quiotly and well, but 
Zias a silly part. 

As champagne, it's the kind of 
wine they st^Il to boobs in Soho. 

. FraT. 



THE DEVIL^S CAGE 

Chadwipii productinn niul release. Pauiine 
Oaron starred. DlrecteJ by Wilfred Noy 
Srom screen .story in-eprtred by Isadore Bern- 
stein. In. cast; Donald ICeitli, Kuth Stone- 
house, Lincoln Stedman, Arniand Kaliz. 
At the Stanley, N. T., STopt. 3. Running 
dime, 00 minutes. 



Straining a hacked thonle of 
artist and dancer-model with the 
hope of shaping up some original 
situations ranks "The Devil's Cage'' 
as just an average indie. 

Old stuff oC the dancer out , of 
work, a storm,, and her contact with 
the wealthy Ameiican artist in a 
Parisian sub-cellar is the opener. 
Keith's extreme stolidness for a 
young ..man and his unexplained 




JOHNNY 


TIM 


MILLS and 


SHEA 


Closing Aiif;. 35 


with 


"SNAP SHOT" 


UNIT 


Opening Oriental, 


Chicago^ 


Sept. 9 





-suppression up to the last few feet, 
rob the yarn of even a semblance 
of romance. Although it must be 
said that Miss Garon, while doing 
the vamp thing nicely, wins the 
sympathy of grind house audiences 
In her attempts to bring the boy 
friend around. Story follows the 
stereotyped course to tlxe letter^ 
with Kaliz, as the cabaret maestro, 
going In for some superfluous act- 
ing. 

A couple of scraps, in which Keith 
is. a participant, are conventional 
and the attenipted shooting of the 
artist, after the dancer has deserted 
her boss, gets little reaction. 



Midnight, Place Pigalle 

(FRENCH MADE) 

Paris, Aug. 24. 

''Minuit, Place Pigalle," (the- title 
under which tliis L. Aubert produc- 
tion is released here) is a squint . at 
the noctiirnal life of the capital and 
constitutes an excellent picture. It 
will perhaps, figure among the best 
of the year, much being due to the 
playing of Nicolas Rimsky, 

Plot: Prosplcr is head waiter at 
the Flamant Rose, and fulfills hla 
functions calmly, uninfluenced ■ by 
the gaiety around him until he saves 
enough to retire on a small farm. 
After years of .strugjgrle, his devoted 
.wife dies. The loss is a terrible 
blow. Prosper lose.s his head ajid 
allows some former cu.stomers to 
lead him back to the old haunts. 
Biit now he returns as a reveller, 
and quickly spends his little fortune. 
Prosper is glad even to take a job 
as dish waslier in the Flamant Rose. 
' He has bitter reflections on the 
life around him. He pines to be., 
back oh the little farm. One night 
he sees in the cabaret a pure young 
girl he knew as; a child. He saves 
her from di.shonor and . in reward 
.^he establishes the good old waiter 
in. a little cafe in a Riviera village 
far from Place PigaTlc and its false 
revelry. 

This scenario has been well han- 
dled by Tlene Hervil. and adroitly 
cxeciited by Rimsky, Renee Heribel 
(Suzy), Francois Rozet (the girr."< 
companion") and Suzy Pierson. Fer- 
nand Fabre and Andre Nicolle. 



THE BLACK ACE 

I^eo Maloncy production released tli rough 
Pathe, Don Coleman .starred. I.eo Ma- 
loney, director. Edward Kull. cameraman. 
In cait: Jeanette Loff, Billy Barton, J. P. 
McGowan. At JLoew'ii New Yorlc, Au.er. 2'9, 
half dotiblei bill. Running time, GO mitiuics. 



"The Black Ace" is okay. Good 
story, well cast, excellent workup 
to suspense. Way above the aver- 
age western of the present day; 
B^'irst runs in some towns can use 
it to advantage and seconds all oX'er. 
All classes can't make a mistakei 
by signing it. 

Picturesque locale and adherence 
to continuity with rriany old gags 
handled in clever way, get audi- 
ence Interest after flrst reel. Ban- 
dit, double-cros.sed by pal, raises 
kid who later becomes ranger. At 
same time foster-father turns over 
page. Double-crosser's return and 
threat over old hian keeps detective 
son , guessing. Father role played 
sympathetically, and best in cast. 
Lad, Don Colerhan, with as.sistant 
ranger, unearths truth vindicating 
foster-parent, despite his alias, after 
stage coach holdup, hut fight. Main 
theme throughout is lad hunting 
doiiblii-cyosser, who murdered ^li.s 
faiiwr. "I'ceth marks on wrist 
ka»'i fans intent on story develop- 
ri«iit. 



PALAIS DE DANSE 

(BRITISH MADE) 



Qaumont production 
Blvey. Story by Mrs. 
Bors' certlflcnte A. 
Strong, Pre-vlewed 
drome. July 27. Run 

So, 16....... 

No. 2....... 

haiy KlnjT .. 

Tony -King, ..... . . . . 

.Sir. William Kins... 
So. 1... 



London, Aug. 2. 

Directed by Maurtc* 
John IjonRden. Oen- 
PhotoRraphy.. Percy 
at Ijondon irippo- 
nlnff time, W minutes. 

; . . ; . .irauei poiiiton 

. . .Chill Boucher 

Hilda .Moor* 

Robin Irvln* 

Jerrold Robortshaw 
..... .John lioni^den 



Program melodrama, efflclently 



done. Full of reasonably good char- 
acterizations and well act, but not 
more than a program picture on 
American standards. Maurice Elvey 
can do this sort of stuff quite well 
and make It pay Gaumdnts here, 
as the films do not cost overmuch 
and book pretty well. Their appeal 
Is purely local, however, and they 
have little value outside the British 
market and the Colonlea. 

Lady King is arranging a Cinder- 
ella tableau at a Palais de Bahse. 
The name character has dropped 
out, so her son Tony persuades the 
daughter of a night watchman to 
take the part. She makes a success 
and catches the eye of No. 1, pro- 
fessional dancer who la also having 
an affair with Lady Kin^, who 
thinks he is a man of title. 

The girl becomes NO. 16 on the 
list of the Palais' professional staff, 
and Tony falls in love with her. His 
mother disapproves, and goes to see 
the girl to stop Tony's acquaintance, 
and meets No. 1 to discover his 
identity. "Turned down now. he is 
discovered not to be a "gentleman." 
No. 1 tries a little blackmail over 
a photograph and No. 16 attempts 
to steal the picture from the sheik's 
room to help the mother of the boy 
■he loves. Lady King Is on the same 
errand, and both are discovered In 
No. I's.room by Tony wlio, prompted 
by his mother out of feat for What 
Bho calls her reputation, believes 
the worst and hands the girl off. 

The girl tries again, steals the 
photograph, Is caught by the sheik 
in the act, Tony buta in, discovers 
all. there is a fight and the villain 
falls through the roqiC to the floor 
of the Palais de Danse. 

Mabel Poulton realizes her origi- 
nal promise and troups well. Form- 
erly she has appeared to suffer from 
awkwardness, now ' gone. Robin 
Irvlns Is too "nice" to make a film- 
fan's he-man. He would do better 
to cut loose a bit more in his work. 
At present he appears priggish. The 
rest of the cast is efllcient but not 
brilliant. 

Good bookers here, and may get 
by Contlnentally as a program re- 
lease. For America, as useful, as im- 
ported chewing gum. . Frat. 



Manhattan Knights 

E.xccltent production released through 
Coiiimon wealth. Story credited Li, I^ltz- 
bach, B.atljara Bedford otarred. . Eddie 
Kull, cameraman. In catst Walter Miller. 
Betty Worth, Ray Hallor, Crauford Kent. 
Maude TrauK. At Loew's New York, one 
day, AuRunt Z); one half o(. double bl|l 
Running: time 00 minutes. 



Another melodrama of the gang 
ster and blackmallers-ailways-losc 
class. ."Manhattan Knights," al- 
though conventional, is well di- 
rected and nicely acted. Consider- 
able efforts for thrills incliide a 
couple of shootings, fire apparatus 
pulling through streets. Fire stuff, 
whole frankly theatrical, provides 
rescue material okay with not too 
particular audience. 

Barbara Bedford does good work, 
making strong appeal in efforts to 
r'escue lad from gangsters and save 
family name. 

Gentleman befriending girl mis- 
Interprets her character until sky- 
line brightens when stOry breaks. 
Too much footage to Are In loft. 
Soft pedaling kills what could have 
been big punch stufT. Slowness here 
wises up cro\yd as to weakness Of 
prop flames, almost to point of 
breaking Into comedy. 



The Girl from the Revue 

(GERMAN MADE) 

. , Berlin, Aug. 20. 

An average Eichberg Ufa product. 
They seem to go w;ell in Germany 
and it in even rumored that Eich- 
berg sells them to some unpro- 
tected South American countries. 
But nobody has been so foolish as 
to try one of them on New York, 

The scenario, by Hans Sturm is 
hot only worn out In idea but hasn't 
a single novel twist. It . concerns 
a count -Who marries a Tiller girl 
and then becomes annoyed when 
the re.«;t of the ballet appear at the 
wedding. On his Wedding night he 
goes to a fancy dress ball and is 
brought home by his, wife who Is 



masked and whom he does not 
rcoognizc! 

It is really a \)iiy that Dina 
Grolla, of real talent, should bo 
condemned to make her debut as a 
star in this picture. She Is a co- 
medienne of charm, but if .she does 
not get away from KichbCFg she 
will be killed' internationally. 



Hound of Silver Creek 

■ Universal ' production und rclea.'<e. Di- 
rected by Stuart Paton from' the story by 
Paul Bryan, starring Dynamite, the Won- 
der Dos. Edmund Cobb and CMoria Grey 
featured. Titles by 0, Bradtard. Cartt in- 
cluding Gladden. James, Krauk Clarice, 
Billy Jones and Frank Ulce. No other 
lilayers s'ven screen credit. At Columbus, 
Now i'ork, one day half of double feat- 
ure bill. Runhins time, 43 minutes. 



Short outdoor picture, neatly han- 
dled and running smoothly without 
slowing up. Locale not necessarily 
western. 

"Dynamite" is a finc-loolving. In- 
telligent dog. 

Story is cohnned to action in 
which the animal can be played up. 

In support, Edmund Cobb and 
Gloria Grey are a good combina- 
tion; phptogi-aphing well and kept 
from overacting. Billy Jones, Juve- 
nile, not very strong, but may ap- 
peal to the youthful clement in the 
houses where this picture can be 
shown. . 

'Dynamite's" job in this picture 
Is to help capture a murderer; in 
doing so regaining a largo and val- 
uable property for the juve whose 
father was shot aftt'r being swin- 
dled. 



NONE BUT THE BRAVE 

I'-o.T production and. release. .Directed by 
.\lbert Ray. Story by .James Grucn and 
I'Yed Stanley. Scenario by Dwlght Cum- 
mins and Frances Affnew. Cast includes 
CliarlM Morton, Sally Phipi>s, Farrel Mc- 
I')anaid and Tyle'r Brooke. At Circle, New 
York, ono day.' Running' time,' 00 mlns. 



Some laughs in "None But the 
Brave" and a motor boat race was 
effective. Yet the outstanding shots 
were those of the :hlgh diving and 
here the picture (leservcs a palm. 
But at best a neighborhoodcr and 
best on double bills. 

Little to the plot, owing to the 
desire to adhere all the way to the 
farcical Idea. A beauty pageant 
wasn't badly arranged yet an effort 
to make it something more than 
commonplace came through Insert- 
ing it in colors. This color effect 
stood up for a stage spectacle, but 
on the principals m^ade .thcm look 
too painted and artificial. 

Sally Phipps hasn't a lot to do. 
Farrell McDonald and Clive Brook 
dominate the male principals. 

There were some things that were 
not explained but In the scrambling 
of the farcical Idea perhaps they 
need never be. Opening alow and 
even the farcical play was at low 
ebb her^ with the destruction of an 
em.pty motor car by a railw.ay train 
devoid of laughs anticipated. 

The picture has some tense, min- 
utes between the boy and the hero 
he wor.shlped until his Ideal was 
.shattered, but as a whole falls 
short. - Marie. 



NOT QUITE A LADY 

(BRITISH MADE) 

London, July 27. 
Produced- bjr British International Pic- 
tures. Directed by Tliomns Bentley: 
Adapted from St. John Hankln's stage play 
"Til* Cassills Engagement'." Censor*' Cer- 
tincate A. Pre-view at the London Pa- 
vilion, Juljr 20. Running time 87 minutes. 

Ethel Borrld^e...' Mabel Poulton 

Her Mother , . . . . Barbara Oott 

GeofTrey Ca«9lll8. Maurice Braddell 



A comedy of manners on the fa- 
miliar theme of a youth who gets 
entangled •with a girl of the lower 
classes, and the successful efforts 
of his mother to demonstrate th© 
girl is "not quite a lady." 

Possibly no other country could, 
at this era of democracy, produce 
convincingly a story which reveals 
all th© snobbish gentnity and yet 
all the English a,ptitude for tradi- 
tion and correct manner that still, 
characterizes the upper middle class 
of Britain. 

The fetish of "good form," no 
longer existent in aristocratic so- 



ciety, where gate-crashing Is a 
sport niui phoney linaiico a habit. 
Is still the god of the suburbs and 
the county faniilies. Though It has 
disappeared from Cambridge and 
Oxford It Is still tausht at ICton and 
Harrow. 

Which n;akoa this lilm one that 
may haye sOme appeal to America, 
at least as a comedy of a type of 
folly unknown to Babbitry and the 
masses. 

The glri.Is a cabaret dancer, and 
has no society manners, tfhe drops 
her "altches" and slices her putt, 
eats with a knife and Is bored in a 
drawing roomV "Worst of all, arid 
unforgivable In those dear old fam^ 
llles where father grows side-whis- 
kers and they have family prayers 
for the servants. every morning, sh« 
cannot ride to hounds. 

So her engagement to the very 
well bred and perfectly "correct" 
near-society lover. Is broken off. 
And a Jolly good thing, too . ; .-for 
the girl, 

Thomas Bentley has made a 
workmanlike Job of a thin story by 
rather delightful characterizations. 
The social lapses of the girl's 
mother, vei-y well played by Bar- 
bara Go tt, are. quite a Joy, and Mabel 
Poulton does abandon herself to .th« 
part of the fun-loving and pomp- 
hating cabaret girl who is really a 
good scout. 

Maurice BraddcU is stiffer than 
need be as , the lover who prefers 
good form to good forms. 

Well dressed, good Settings and 
locations, it will do pretty good 
business here but without ' creating 
any sensation. For America Its ap- 
peal Is in Its difference, and then 
as a program picture. ■ Frat. 



Complete cast for "Man in Hob- 
bles, T-S. includes Llla Lee, Jac- 
queline Gadsdori, John HaiTon, 
Lucien Littlefield, Betty Egan and 
Sunshine Hart. 



Dick Winslow, Clark Comstock, 
Buck Connor, Dicky Moore, Duke 
Lee, Lillian West, Robert Fleming 
and Fern Brower, added to "Ava- 
lanche," Par; 



"King of the. Mountains." working 
title for John P>arrymoro'3 next for 
UA. Sound picture. 



Six Months at Coconut 
Grove, Ambassador Hotel, 
Los Angeles, Cal. 



JOHN 



FREDERICK 



' and 

MARIAN 

DABNEY 

DeLUXE DANCING TEAM 

Now Touring Publiz 
Circuit of Theatres 

Plreotlon WILUAM MOBBIS 
Cblcaro OfBee 



ETHEL MEGLIN'S 

FAMOUS WONDER KIDDIES 

FEATDBED WITH 
FANCHON AND MARCO 



GEORGIA LANE 

DANCERS 

Complete tJnitfi Appeurinir In Fanchon 
. ond Marco "Idons" 

STUDIOS: DENVER, COLO. 



HERBERT RAWUNSON 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES 



LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OPENING AUGUST 31 



S2 



o 



V K I E T Y 



Wednesday) September 5rv 1928 



'if 




,0V 





Cre^r Punch Ballad! 
Sure To Register Mywherei! 

I TORE UP 

YOUR PiaURE 

WHEN YOU SAID 
GOODBYE 

(But I Put It Together Again) 

BY DOLLY MOlRSE and 
fc. ANDREW DONNELLY 



<J4 



6^ 



L. WOLF 

czni^MABE] 



Go Wrong J 
With Any FEISTSong' 



SEVENTH AVE 



SAN FRANCISCO 
935 Market St. 

BOSTON 
181 Tremont St 



CINCJNNATTI 
70r-8 Lyric Theatre Bld^. 

TO R.ONTO 
1Q3 YongeSb. 



PHILADELPHIA 
1228 Market St. 
DETROIT 

310 Michigan Thea. Bldg. 




4( 



Wednesday, September 6, 1928 






7ke 

, Beautiful "Waltz. Theme 

of\\\.PK{.^ml' Siam)\i, COLLEEN MOORE 



/TTf 



I DREAM of 




Ctew 



'H7St 




fc> L. WOLFE GILBERT ani 
NATHANIEL SHILKRET 



CUTE 

AND 

different/ 



IS IT 
CONNA 
LONG, 



GEORGE TOITIN(7. 

CGWAN 
GfiORiGE ABBOTT 



SiDOOth 

FasciKiatj 
BaUadf 

You Hear It 
Eveirywlieye/ 



IDtmAMED 



// 




CARMENlOimRDO 



ISTiNc 

KANSAS CITY 
5ayety Theatre Bldg. 

-OS ANGEUES 

)5 Majestic Thea. Bldg. 



Dance 
Orchestra tions 



CHIC AGO 

75 W. Randolph St. 
MINNEAPOl-IS 
235 Loeb Arcade 



\ LONDON. WC 2 ENGLAND 
' 138 Charing Cross Road. 

, AUSTRALIA, MELBOUFINE 
, 276 Collins S-b. 



50^ 



JDJEAiJLEJPL / 
OJPL JDJCJPLBCir/ 



34 



VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Cut-Throat Booking Methods Are 
Spreading Among Indie Bookers 



Ii is said that the acheming anfl 
cut-tliroat methods that prevail 
among imiie .vaude bookers in New. 
York city are spreading into 
out oE town bookers. Houses in 
the south particularly are now be- 
ing fought over and snatched by 
bookers. Bookers are writing to 
managers in the south offering acts 
which they could not possibly de- 
liver but which they, say they could 
secure iC given the theatre's book- 
ings. 

One booker; in Philadelphia wrote 
to a theatre In Lynchburg. Va., of- 
fei:4ng, an act which was under con- 
tract to another booker and was 
play iiig Lynchburg that Very week. 

The actors are the real sufferers 
In the underhand competition." If 
the acts have- managed to get a 
isalary raise some booker will dig 
out a contract years old showing 
he booked them for less.- When 
this is shown to the house man- 
a,ger he turns over the house to' 
the cheapest booker. 



ANDY EICE WITH M-G 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
.Andy Rice is out of the F.ox 
Movietone department having re- 
signed to join the M-G sound staff. 
. • New contract with Rice is under- 
stood to be $400 more a week than 
he obtained from Fox.; . . 



Paul Morton's Daughter 

Naomi Glass,, daughter of Paul 
Morton . and Naomi Glass- (Mrs 
.Morton), has joined E. K. Nadel's 
^^•Happiness Girls," replacing. Rose 
Brill. 




Photo by Witzel 

HARRY WEBER 
Presents 

LOUISE HOWAn 

"Radio's Happinesii Girl" 

ORPHEUM, LOS ANGELES 
Week of September 2 



Act's Kickback 



A standard vaudeville act- 
man and woman, recently m^i<ie 
a Vitaphone short. Several 
weeks ago, just before they 
opened in an; eastern house, 
this Vita record was shown in 
the town where they were to 
play. When tlie act finally went 
on, before the man In the turn 
had uttered 15 words for the 
trick opening the audience be- 
gan mumbling, talking and 
saying the act was'a duplicate 
of the screen talker. ... 

The act closed after playing 
three days. 



Making Talker of Paul 
Armstrong's -^Underworld" 

Los Angelas, Sept, 4. 

Irving Cummings is making the 
screen versiion of Paul Armstrong's 
vaude sketch, "Romance of the Un- 
derworld." It. will be Moyietohed. 

In the cast are Mary Astor; John 
Boles, Ben Bard, Robert Elliot, 
Helen Lynch and Oscar Apfel.' 



30 Weeks or More 



Books In the Keith-Orpheum 
booking department under the su- 
pervision of Bill Howard, are re- 
ported In better condition than they 
have been at this time for the past 
five years. 

Among the acts already routed for 
30 or more weeks are Doctor Rock- 
well, Ted Lewis, James Barton, Van 
and Schenck, Paul Whiteman's 
Rhythm Boys, Frank Gaby, Weaver 
Bros., Herman Tlmberig unit, Ha,rry 
Carroll unit, Sid Marlon, Frankle 
Heath, ^cott Sanders, Toney and 
Norman, Butler and Parke, Wilton 
arid Weber, Harry Burns, J. C. FUp- 
pen unit, Medley and Dupree, Fred 
Allen, Roy Cummings, Irene Rlcardo, 
Jack Benny, Ruth Warren, Grade 
Deagon, Bert Hanlon and Jack 
Pearl. 

Names now being n^igotlated with 
are Mae Murray, Harry Langdon, 
Sophie Tucker, Jackie Coogan and 
Fannie Brice. Coogan has been 
playing for Piibilx. 



2 Bands for Vaude 

Horace iSeidt. and orchestra' are 
readying an act for. a trip over the 
OrpheUm and KC'ith circuits. 

Heidt has been m- C; at the Grand 
Lake; Oakland, Cal., for rnore than 
a year. His musicians are all grad- 
uates 6f the University of Southern 
California. 

Johnny Johnson's . orchestra now 
at the Hotel Pennsylvania, will also 
enter vaudeville -via Keith-Orpheum. 
Clifford and Higgins, dancers, will 
be in this act. 



Want Dance Derby Ban 

Minneapolis, Sept 4. 

There'll be no nnore dance mara- 
thons in Minneapolis IC the local 
city, council passes an ordinance 
Introduced' by Aldermian Victor 
Johnson, chairman pf the license 
committee. Ordinance bans all such 
contests in the future. 

The third Twin City dance mara- 
thon within the spac6 of a few 
months is now In progress with 75 
couples at the Armory and drawing 
big. Fearing the possibility that 
the follcs might be, getting fed up 
on the tejplschore derby, current 
promoters have put on a flag pole 
sitting contest In conjunction with 
it. Pie a,nd melon eating and other 
such competitions also are held 
during the dancers' rest periods. . 



Inside Stulf-Vaudeville 



Nolle Roy, from vaiide, stepped In opposite Joe Cook after four others 
had had the Mary Wheeler role of "Rain or Shine." She has never had 
any -stage experience other than that gained in vaude. Following her 
opening in the Cook show, Green and Jo'nes placed her und^r a flv»- 
year contract. 

Miss Roy comes out of the west originally and entered vaude as 
single, doing imitations of Nora Bayes and others. She flna,lly landed 
at the head of vaude musicals. 



Vaudeville agents ^ho have made ; new connections with franchised 
Keith agents after they were let out by Keith's are riot expected to' re- 
main with the new co"nnection 

Whether the final clean out of agents will occur after Keniiedy-Mur- 
dock-Casey return from Europe or whether John Ford will previously 
Issue the edict has not been divulged, but information la to the effect 
that the original group wlil have to' go eventually. " 

Also one or two agencies granted Keith franchises may -be among 
the missing when the final clean up arrives. 

One of thesis agencies Is said, to have received a Keith franchise un- 
der a misappirehension, although there is some doubt remaining as to 
the exact purpose. Misapprehension might coVer a deeper reason. Sent 
from one Keith exec to another, etc., the applying agency Is reported 
to have given an Impression of receiving ah okay, so Its application 
was okayed. That agency has had a flood ot complaints filed against 
It with the Vaudeville Managers' Protective Association, of which Pat 
Casey Is the head. 



Plimmer Remains Indie 

: Walter J. Plirrimer will . stick to 
his independent agency, negotiations 
with Keith and Proctor having col- 
lapsed. ^ 

Jack Birman will book the houses 
on Plimmer's list with Plimmer en- 
gaging in field work for the agency. 
Pliminer is currently booking nine 
houses and . some one and two-day 
stands with the minority split weeks. 



SPRINGFIELD'S 2 VAUDE BILLS 

Springfield, Mass;, Sept. 4. 

This town is to have vaude coni- 
petition for the first time In years. 

The Broadway takes K-O acts 
starting Sept. 10, with the Palace, 
switching from Poll to Fox, play- 
ing Fox layouts, 

Gordon Wrighter has resigned as 
manager of the Palace. He is suc- 
ceeded by U. J. Lorehzi. 



K-0 Routes 

New acts booked for future ap- 
pearances in Keith and Orpheum 
houses include Dixie Norton and" 
Anna Ford In "Meal Hounds"; 

Henry B. Techer and Esther Day in 
"A Very Bad Cold," by Frairces 
Nordstrom; Eddie Pardo's "All Col- 
legiate Show"; Van Nessl in a new 
turn with a male pianist and danc- 
ing team; Bill Tllderi, II., in a mono- 
log, and Harold (Red) Grange. 



FLOOD EFFECT ACT 

With the Mississippi flood as the 
punch of a vaudeville act. Prof. H. 
Armand has a scenic effect entitled 
"The Mississippi" which has been 
given Keith bookings. 

City of Natchez is shown before 
and after the flood with talk on 
the flood by Armand. 



Rosalie Stewart's Yale Acts 

Rachel Feld, who studied the 
stage under Professor Baker at 
Yale, Is to have several of her one- 
act pieces produced ibr vaude by 
Rosalie Stewart. 



TBmE FOB LOimON 

Trixle Frlganza sails for London 
immediately following her Palace 
New Tor k, engagement this week 

She opens there at the Victoria 
Palace. 



Langdon Opening Sept. 20 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Harry Langdon opMis his three 
weeks' engagement for West Coast 
Theatres Sept. 20 at Portland, Ore 



Supposed "opposition" that Fox and Loew houses have had fr^om 
Keith's in the past seems over, with the in and out booking the three 
are doing for their N6w York houses. One act played a half week at 
Keith's Coliseum and almost Immediately- after was at Fox's Audubon 
in the same neighborhood. . 

Another Keith turn played the Jefferson; then went Into the Fox 
Academy, both on 14th street, then Into a Keith house. Only recently 
the Berkoff Dancers played a full week at the Academy and the follow- 
ing (last) week, at Keith's Palace, uptown.. 



Baldwin pianos are receiving credit lines on all Vitaphone talking 
shorts. It's another page from tlie book of vaudeville. 



Lesser personalities In picture casts will find a hard road to travel so 
far as personal appearances aire concerned as a result of a stunt pulled 
In a downtown Los Angeles film, house on the opening night of Greater 
M.o^ie Season. Cast of a picture depicting stage life were requested, to 
make a personal appearance and a woman who was an old timer in 
films appearing in the cast elected herself m.c. The house was jammed, 
so the lady decided she would do her stuff aplenty before intro'ducing 
any of the other members. She started gagging arid wise-cracking. 

(Continued on page. 65) 



800 Hour Marathon 

Dqb Moines, Iowa, Sept. 4. 
Flooding the town with passes for 
the first ten days promoters are now 
harvesting thousands for the Mid- 
Western Amusement Company of 
St. Paul, staging the dance mara- 
thon here. The show has run one 
month and nearly 800 hours have 
been hoofed. Five couples remain- 
The local papers are doing every- 
thing they can to hurt the show and 
stop it, but It only makes for larger 
crowds and more money for the 
promoters. 



BENirr BUBIN IN PICTUBE 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Benny Rubin, m.c, at Grauman's 
Egyptian, has signed for a role in 
"Ritzy Rosey," being made by 
First National. 

Rubin is doubling from the stu- 
dio In the day time to the theatre 
at night. 



Karl Dane's Personals 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Karl Dane is utilizing his spare 
time between pictures in making 
personal appearances at small pic- 
ture houses around here. 



"BILLY" 
TICHENOR 

in '^Modern Cinderell<e* 

By NEVILLE FLEESON 
FIRST HALF 

(Week Sept. 3) 
Keith's Fordham 

: ^ NEW YORK 
LAST HALF 

(Week. Sept 6) 
Keith's 81st Street 

NEW YORK 

Direction 
SOL and TINY TUREK 



HELEN 



AGNES 



HARRINGTON 




THEM NOTORIOUS WOMEN 



KEITH'S PALACE 



This Week (Sept 3) 



NEW 
f YORK 



Direction MILT LEWIS 



MAE 



JOHN 



FALLS-READING 



BOOKED SOLID K. A. O. 



TEDDY 



BOYCE 



Direction MARTY FORKINS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1028 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



S5 



Heiman and Gordon Not at Weeidy 
K-0 Booking Meetings by Request 



RUBE WOLFS TAPERS' 
RETURNED BY YEGGS 



NiBlther Miuc Gordon, general 
manager of the Orpheum Circuit, 
or Marcus Heiman, It's president, 
are present iany more at tlje book- 
ing meetings held , weekly In the 
Keith offlces. These meetings are 
;*olely attended by E. G. Lauder, 
William McGatfrey, Arthur Willi 
and William Howard. 

McCaffrey Is booking the Palacei, 
State-Lake and Riviera, Chicago; 
Palace, New: York; Minneapolis, 
Omaha;, Kansas City, St. Louis and 
Boston. Willi, former bookeir of the 
Palace, New York, is now penciling 
lor the senior Orpheum houses, 
from Minneapolis to Winnipeg and 
to the Coast, Including Denver on 
the way back; Ben Kutchok books 
the Junior Orpheum houses. How- 
ard supervises the bookings of the 
Keith middle western houses, booked 
by Wayne Christy, and the George 
Luke booked houses at Syracuse, 
Rochi^ster, Toronto, Buffalo, Balti- 
more and Washington. . 

Before the'entrance of J. P. Ken- 
nedy Into Keith as chairman of the 
board of directors, Gordon and 
Heiman were aictive at all booking 
meetings and had considerable to 
■ay .about the setting of salaries on 
acts. In addition, Gordon was in 
charge of the Orpheum production 
department, which has since been 
disbanded. ' . 

It Is .generally understood that 
the absence of Heiman and Glordon 
front the meetings followed a re- 
quest . from John Ford, Kennedy's 
representative. 



Ad Stays Intact 
After BongerStak 
Dolen Over Wife 



New Orleans, Sept 4. 

Art Boriger, of the iOolen-Bqnger 
Revue, headlinihg over the Lpew 
-circuit, has arrived In this city af 
ter eluding the police in Memphis, 
where he was being sought as one 
of the principals in a stabbing af- 
fray with his partner, Ted Dolen. 

While the act was playing Mem- 
phis Bonger discovered Dolen in the 
hotel room of his wife, Loretta. Ac- 
cording to police charges, he as- 
•aulted Dolen with a knife, stab- 
bing him three times in the ba,ck 
The charge reldtes the weapon was 
a bread knife and that both men 
were drunk. Dolen yjr&a under the 
care of a physician for severa houi*s, 
bnt was able to leave for this city. 

Since arriving hie^e the two men 
have decided to forget the Incident 
and the act will continue un- 
changed. 

Along with: four other acts 
booked at Loew's State the current 
week Is laying off owing to the 
•trike of musicians and stage hands, 

While Dolen and* Bonger are per- 
fectly wllHng to forget their brawl, 
Memphis jolice authorities have 
not been so easily allayed and may 
take the- pair, back for trial 



MAY WYIfN'S BAD FALL 

May Wynn, of the original Eng 
Bah Madcaps* vaude act, was ise- 
rerely Injured while In Ried Bank, 
N. J. 

Miss Wynh opened, the door of a 
darkened room In -a local hotel and 
fell. down, two flights of stairs, 
knocking out her front teeth and 
breaking a leg. She was removed to 
a local hospital. 



n 



CO 



IMO BROADWA^i N*!^ TOBK 



m 



William Morris 
CALL BOARD 



g Httve-booked^Valentine and 

- Bell two complete world 

S tonrs, three European tours 

I in the last seven years. 

^ Sailing Friday, He de 

^ Prance. 

o ■ ■ 

>i CmCAGO: 1111 IiUTL£K BIMO. 



Trick Name Ann Howe 
Up as Court Issue 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Elizabeth Page, radio entertainer, 
known on the. air as Ann Howe, has 
filed an injunction suit In Los An- 
geles, directed' against the Kelth- 
Albee-prpheum Corporation, some 
others and Miss Mildred Broniiley, 
who has been tappearing at the 
Hillstreet theatre here under the 
name Ann Howe, and seeking to re 
strain the latter from the use of the 
name. 

Miss Page was named Ann Howe 
some three years ago, the complaint 
alleges, as a result of an air cam- 
paign and it is claimed that she at 
tained national fame over the air in 
18 months of touring. 

It Is charged that Miss Bromley 
was apparently under her own name 
in a vode act three years ago and 
that she did. not f^ssume the name 
Ann Howe uiitil June, 1927, to profit 
by Miss Page's publicity. Miss 
Bromley countered with the asser- 
tion tha.t the name Ann Howe was 
given her in 1925 by Chicago news 
paper men, while she was singing 
In cafes there. 

Hearing of the case Is set for 
Sept. 7, an order haying been issued 
meanwhile restraining Miss Brom 
ley from billing herself as "Ann 
Howe" until decision can be n^ade 
as to which of the two girls Is en 
titled to use It. » 



Cleveland and Cincy 

Wiring foi- Talkers 

Cleveland- Sept. 4; 

Changes In Loew theatre policies 
go Into effect Sept. 8. 

The Stillman, pioneer movie pal 
ace here, will close this week, after 
13 years. Its policy of long run, 
special pictures will go in the Alleti, 
wired, together with Its manager, 
P. H. Clary. The theatre, will be 
converted Into a part, of the adjoin- 
ing Hotel Startler. Keith's Palace is 
to be wired to meet talker compe- 
tition. 

This change will make the Allen 
the Loew's ace house, as It has a 
seating capacity 0|f 8,200 . and was 
wired a mionth ago. "T6mpest," 
will start Its new policy, to be fol- 
lowed ^y "Patriot" and "White 
Shadows." 

The Allen's present policy of 
Publlx stage shows and feature 
films wllf" be taken over by the 
State, which Is also equipped for 
Vitaphone."" Loew vaudeville, now 
playing tho State, will be sent out 
to a neighborhood theatre, the Park, 
also to be wired shortly. 

Another Loew house, the Cameo, 
joined the talkie parade this week 
with "State Street Sadie" (War- 
ners). 

The local Keith outfit Is also busy. 
The $1,000,000 Palace will Install 
some talking device shortly, while 
it is reported the closed Hippodrome 
win reopen with talkie policy. 



take Up'M. C? Ad Offer of 
$100-r-Mrs. Wolf in on Side 
Street Night Meeting \ 

San Francisco, Sept. 4. 

Sounds like fiction, but s'truth. 

Hube Wolf, m. «. at Loew's Wtiv- 
field, advertised in the local dailies 
after he^ad been atuck up and re- 
lieved of money and other valu- 
ablesj, that If the yeggs would re- 
turn "the papers" he would kick in 
with another lOO smackers. Rube 
spent three weeiks In Los Angeles 
and the day following his return 
here he wajs summoned to the 
'phone. 

One of the stick -rups was on the 
other end. lEIe calmly negotiated 
with Wolf to return the. papers, 
designating a dark street as the 
meeting place. R.ube laid off the 
police and kept the . appointment 
accompanied by Mrs. Wolf. ' Sure 
enough, a neatly dressed guy 
strolled by the ear and then en- 
gaged Wolf in conversation. 

"Sure they're no bulls or dicks 
around ?", he queerled. 

"Positively no," replied the Rube. 

"Well, there better not be. Other- 
wise, w'll start holding court, right 
here." With that the stranger 
showed a gun. 

Finally everything convinced it 
was okay> the yegg signalled with 
a handkerchief and from an alley 
emerged a confederate. He carried 
a cardboard box, such as suits are 
delivered In. It contained Wolf's 
wa.llet, his personal papers, stock 
certificates, and . other valuable 
documents. • 

"Here's the century," said Rube, 
trying to snnlle aa he said It. 

"Here's a rose for you," chipped 
in Mrs. Wolf. "Nclw that Rube has 
demonstrated he's regular won't you 
leave him alone hereafter?" .. 

"We sure will, lady," muttered 
the yegg. 

Sounds flighty, but It's on the 
level. 



Same Number of Acts on Poli Bills 
Under Loeb s Bookings for Fox 



Cincinnati, Sept 4. 

Keith's, which changed to 'a pic- 
ture -policy early this year, after 
being a two-a-day hous^ for more 
than 26 years. Is to be wired. Talk- 
ers in there late this month. iKelth's 
and the Capitol will then be the 
only houses in town offering sound 
pictures. 

New season marks the first In 
years; this. town, has been withoxit 
twice dally vaude. Albee and the 
.Palace each do three shows week- 
days and four on week-ends. 



PERRIN-KELSEY PRODUCING 

Adrian S. Perrin and William 
Kelsey have formed a vaude pro- 
ducing combine to sponsor produc- 
tion acts. Their fli^t Is an eight 
people flash "Just the Type" which 
shows for Loew next week. 

Perrin is a former stager of musi- 
cal shows and is also interested in 
the Perrin-Rycroft Agency, casters 
for stock and vaudeville. Perrin 
wlirretain his interest In the agency 
with^'tFe^pjrbducinf 11iTe"^^a^^ 
ture. Kelsey was formerly con- 
nected with the Shuberts. 



Paul Denno Dies on 
Tour; Brain Hemorrhage 



C6Iuriibu.s, p., Sept. A. 
iPa.ul Denno, 42, (Scanlon, Denno 
Brothers and Scanlon) appearing at 
Loew's Ohio here -with the R. H. 
Burnside unit;- "Ocoan Blues," died 
Sunday afternoon (S<?pt.. 2) In a 
hospitjiil following .a . cerebral hem- 
orrhage.. 

Den*d, whose r<?al name was Ren- 
ault, had played ' five shows Satur- 
day and had not complained of feel- 
ing ill, according to his brother, 
Fred, Eight hours after the at- 
tack Denno was dead. ^ 

He is survived by his mother, his 
wife and two children, Paul, Jr., 
and Amelia, all of Woonsocket, R. I., 
and his sister, Mrs. Victoria Scan- 
lon, and brother, Fred, who are with 
the Burnside unit. 

Members of the act accompanied 
the body east but will return west 
to rejoin the Burnside unit. 



Donald Bryan's Orpheum Toiir 

Donald Bryan opened a tour for 
Orpheum In Winnipeg this week. 
Harry Dc Cont'd, is at the piano. 



W. B. Offer Sopliie Tncker 
$85,000 for Vita Pictare 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Warner Brothers still seeks draw 
names to star In their Vita pic- 
tures. 

Harry -Warner, president of the 
concern. In New York, has been' 
negotiating for Sophie Tucker to 
miake one pictwe with an option 
of three more. 

Film company bias offered Soph 
$86,000 flat for the one picture and 
the proposition was cabled to her 
by William Morris. Ma^ybe that's 
why she's coming back. 



Mix's 10 Weeks 

Los Angles, Sept. 4. 

Following completion of his -next 
three plotures, about Dec. 1, Tom 
Mix will make another vaude tbur 
for Keith-Orpheum. He will play 
about 10 weeks. 

Mix has already completed his 
third picture for FBO, expects to 
clean up the next trio In as many 
months . and following the vaude 
dates, returns to the studio to make 
six more features for the same firm. 



Langdon on Stage 

Harry Langdon opens on a per- 
centage and guarantee arrangement 
Sept 20 for West Coast . In Seattle. 

picture comic will resurrect one 
of his vaude . sketches. William 
Morris booked. 



PATJt BAEEON'S SMASH 

Albany, N. T., Sept. 4. 

Paul Barron (Barron and Bar- 
rett) Was Injured In an auto acci- 
dent near here last Saturday night- 

Barron, and friends were return- 
ing from Saratoga when the acci- 
dent occurred. . He wras taken to a 
local hospital where he was treated, 
for cuts on the face and arms. Ho 
was then taken to 'the French Hos- 
pital, New York, for further treat- 
ment. 



The first of the vaiide booked bills 
for the Poll houses by the Fox of- 
fices in the recently acquired houses 
play, this week. 

Tile last of the Kelth-bdoked 
shows were in . last week, with one 
house. Palace, . Bridgeport, now 
operating a stock^ It will run un- 
disturbed In policy under Fox. Fox 
riiay book vaude in it later. 

All of the Poll bills will be booked 
by Jack -W. Loeb in the New York 
Fox vaude agency on West 46th 
street. There will be lio change In 
vaude policy, of the Poli houses, 
with the same number of acts being 
routed on their customary split 
week status, Mr- Loeb stated. 

It is Loeb's intention at this time 
to play no' act on the Fox-Poll time 
appearing there under the former 
booking regime for at least a year, 
Loeb's right hand bower In the 
Fox-Poll vaude placements will be 
Phil Bloorh, -who came into the Loeb 
ofilce following Edgar Allen's de- 
parture. 



Chorister and Musician 
Disappear from Milwaukee 

Milwaukee, Sept. 4. 

Simultaneously with the notice to 
police that Elaine Tamkin, 18, mem 
ber of the Bebe Barri dancers, who 
closed at the Wisconsin Saturday 
night, was missing,, the cops were 
also, asked to look for one of the 
orchestra members at the theatre. 

Girl was gone, bag and baggage, 
from her hotel room when friends 
came to call for her. Both the girl 
and bandsman left notes telling 
they were going, but didn't Intimate 
they were together. Accbrdlng to 
members of the Barri troupe the 
girl and musician have been con 
stantly together of late.. 



. Leon Booking Again 

Despite previous difilcultles with 
tiae commissioner of licenses. New 
York, through alleged conduct of Jin 
agency without a license, Lawrence 
Leon Is back in the racket again 
with 11 houses on his books. 
^ Leon was refused an employment 
agency license upon recent applica- 
tion, buit claims even this will not 
cramp his .style as a booker, since 
all of the houses on his books are 
controlled by Michael Manos, rat- 
ing as partner of the agency. Since 
he figures as an employe, that of 
booker of the Manos chjiin, X<eon 
says he's Immune from downtown 
Intei-ference. 



Vaudeless Senate, 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Although the L. & T. ; Senate was 
to Inaugurate a^elth vaude policy 
this season, the .house has been 
completely wired and Is reported 
ready to use sound film programs 
with no stage shows. 

Senate has been a full week stand 
for Publlx units originating at' the 
Oriental. Due to opening of the B. 
& K. Paradise, in the same neigh- 
borhood, Publlx units will now play 
the new house due to open Sept. 14. 

First dates at the Paradise will 
run eight days. The stage end In- 
clude Mack Fi!=iher*3 band; ' Ritz 
Brothers, Karavleff, Lprna .Hpffmajj 
and about 18 or 20 girls. 



CEOWI-EAGU: STICK 

Chicago, Sept. 4; 

Of the agents with the Assn. who 
have been let out or are expected 
to go, Charlie Crowl and .Malcolm 
Eagle, it is reported, will positively 
remain, where they are. 

Crowl and Eagle have gone to 
"New York where they have lined 
up a list of new acts. 



B»Hr=^L«vy==Recovers- 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Bert Levy, vaude cartoonist, 
under hospital treatment here for 
eight weeks with ear trouble, has 
recovered. 

He expects to resume stage work 
soon. 



LEAVING AMALGAMATED 

Ben W. Bat-nett and Charles 
Levinson of the booking department 
of the Amalgamated vaude agency 
leave that organization and after 
►Sept. 15 wlll.be associated with 
Lo.stor Lee in act productions. 

Both Levinson and Barnctt have 
boon with Amalgamated for a num- 
ber of years.. 



New Haven, Sept. 4. 

Fox took over complete control 
of the Poll circuit last Wednesday 
when Sylvester, Z. Poll, his general 
manager,, Louis M. Sagal, and his 
staff moved out of the Bijou theatre 
oflBces Into ne,w quarters. AH books, 
records and accounts were trans- 
ferred to the .Fox offices In New. 
York. It Is understood that John 
Zanft, directing the circuit for FOic, 
will send a district manager and a 
real estate maliager to New Haven 
to open a- district ofRce. 

S^evera,l changes have been madei 
A. J. Vanl, Poll's nephew, who han- 
dled the picture bookings. Is gone 
and Gordon Righter, manager- of 
the Springfield house, and George 
A. Marsh, for 18 years manager of 
Poll's Capitol, Hartford, have ten- 
dered their resignations. 

Harold Hevia, who formerly di- 
rected Keith's St. James, Boston* 
succeeds -Marsh. 



Death Cancels Act 

Mahler and Dunn were forced to 
cancel at the Woodrow, Brooklyn, 
last week due to the sudden death 
of Irene Dunn's mother in Pltts- 
bvirgh, Aufj. 29. 

Fniiikliu and (li-een t-ubstitulcd, 



K-0 Issues Order 
To Lay Off Units; 
Want Slow Change 



Keith-Orpheum last week Issued 
orders to all producers and agents 
to lay off units for the present. 
Reason Is that bookers report no 
spots or routes avialable. ^ 

It Is understood that while the 
K-O ofllclals look with favor upon 
the unit type of entertainment, the 
transition from vaudeville to vaude 
units Is to be slowly accomplished 
so as not to disrupt the booking 
methods now In use. Switch from 
vaudeville to units on a large scale 
would require elaboration of the 
Keith producing department and the 
bulldlhg up of a complete organiza- 
tion to handle this form of enter- 
tainment. 

With tbe ofllclal openlnc; of the 
new season "buT a few wel^^ 
the producers threatened to swamp 
the bookers with proposed unita 
acting upon the belief that both the 
Keith and Orpheum were going 
to unitize material as fast tm 
they could secure it. To offset 
this erroneous Idea, and to protect 
producers from Investing in pro- 
ductions whjch stood small chance 
of securing routes, brought on 
the lay . off - order. 

The extent to which the circuits 
are ready to go in the matter 
units will be announced when J. 
Kennedy, J. J. Murdock and Pat 
Casey return from Europe, Oct. 1. 

Two more units are under way 
for Keith-Orpheum. The Herman 
Tlmberg unit opened at the Palace, 
Chicago, last Sunday and the 
Harry . Carroll unit opens thla 
Thursday. 



$7,000 IN MILLS FUND - 

Florence Mills Theatrical Associa- 
tion, spoh.sorinif the Florence Mllla 
Memorial Fund, now has over $7,000. 

Further financial projects are 
planned to send the total over |10.- 
000; 



36 



VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



SPIZZrS CASE 



At thur Spizzi, A. W. O. L. Loew 
aeront whose franchise was revoked 
several months a'ero, may be re- 
Btored to' former booking privileges 
upon Ivis return from abrond tliis 
week. 

Spizzi was dropped two. months 
ago when, without notification to 
the circuit bookers, he closed his 
agency and embarked upon a Euro- 
pean trip. At the time of leave- 
taking Spizzi had a numbier of acts 
booked on the circuit. Since he left 
no rein-e.scntatiye to look after the 
actSf his leave-taking was adjudged 
a violation. 

Spizzi, informed of the suspen- 
sion .while abroad, communicated 
with Loew and requested that the 
suspen.sion be held In abeyance until 
his return. It is figured Spizzi's 
explanation may restore him. 



Sooner or Later 



A booker of one of the big- 
gest lists of one -day vaude 
bills In Greater Now York, 
visits the Palace regularly. 

Asked the idea he laconically 
replied, "You can't tell, we may 
get 'em sooner or later." 

He didn't mention how long It 
had been since he's seen a K-O 
agent in any of his houses. 



Scanlon-Murray Team 

Walter Scanlpn and Billy. Murray, 
both recording artists, have formed 
a vaude alliance. Herbert . Cava- 
naugh, manager of Scanlon, ar- 
ranged it and will handle the boys. 

In addition to vaude, the partner- 
ship also calls for radio and talking 
picture assignments. 



INDIE VAUDE 
MGRS. IN AIR 
ON SOUND 



Wait on Policy Decisions 
While Trying to Raise 
Money to Wire 




General &KecutivG Offices 

LOEW BUILDING 

AN N E X 

leO WBST 46"^ ST* 

BRYi\NT- 9850'-'NEW YORK CITV 

J. H. LUBIN 



Sound pictures have most of the^ 
independent house owners winging 
as to policies for the new season. 
Most are unable to stand the ex- 
pense of wiring and holding up re- 
sumption of vaude, which usually 
starts Labor Day week. 

This condition has the independ- 
ent booking field In Its most un- 
certain and chaotic state in years. 
Even the big five of the Independent 
bookers are practically at a stand- 
still. 

Fox's experiment with nameg on 
talking shorts at the Academy in 
lieu of acts last week, and being ex- 
tended to other houses of the circuit 
this week, Indicates the policy hag 
every chance of getting over. 

Of the 200 or more Independent 
vaude houses booked out of New 
York less than 50 will play vaude- 
ville this week. Others are stall- 
ing wjth pictures only and trying to 
raise the necessary money to wire. 
The present watchful waiting also 
leaves' ma^y available vaude acts on 
the lot who always had- found an 
outlet. 

Another month or so may solve 
the problem but temporarily things 
look dubious for the . Independent 
vaudd field. 



GBNSRAL HANAOEB 



MARVIN H. SCpCK 

BOOKINQ HANAOBR 



CHICAGO OFFICE 

600 WOODS THEATRE B1J)'G 
JOHNNY JONES 

IN CHAROB 



A VAUDEVttl.B AGir*Ct WHICH PRODUCBS MORB THAN IT PROMISES. 
CONSISTENT, BFFICEENT SBRVICE SINCE 1913 

The Tally Markos Vaudeville Agency 

Aster Theatre Bldg., N. W. Cor. 45th St. and Brtiadway 

Lackawanna 7876 New York City . 



ACME BOOKING OFFICES, INC. 

?DookliiK All Theatres Controlled by 

STANLEY COMPANY OF AMERICA 

A ronte of 16 w«ieks witliln 200 miles of New York 
Artists invited to book direct 



House Manager's Idea 



Learning that Kelth-Or- 
pheum had acquired TelevoXj 
the mechanical man, the man- 
ager of a New York Keith 
house heaved a sigh of relief 
when Informed the contrap- 
tion was for exhibition pur- 
poses only, 

•Thought they were going to 
have the thing replace the 
house managers," he said. 



"Peaches" Added Time 

Proposed show for "Peaches" 
Browning is oiT until the Christmas 
holidays. Sutsequent vaudle time 
has been booked up to November. 

"Peaches" returns to the New 
York houses after her present west- 
em "tour. 



TOM WARIN& AS SINGLE 

Tom Waring opens a I^elth tour 
in New York at the Riverside 
Sept 17, hooked by T. D. Kemp, 
jr., who has the tenor under ex- 
clusive management for tluree years. 

It's the first time the brothers 
have been professionally apart in 
this country. 



Trahan Wants to Blow 

New Orleans, Sept. 4, 
Al Trahan (Trahan and "Wallace) 
wired the Kelth-Orpheum ofllce, 
while playing here, that he would 
not continue to work with Vesta 
Wallace, after playing Atlanta week 
of Sept. 16. Teani is a standard 
Kelth-Orpheum comedy act booked 
into the Palace, New York, follow- 
ing-Atlanta. 

K-O oHlce is reported trying to 
.straighten out the differences be- 
tween the pair. 



KEITH HEADS BACK SEPT, 27 

Last reports, via ca,ble, from Pat 
Casey, J. J. Murdock and Joseph J. 
Kennedy, now. in Switzerland, were 
that the party would return to New 
York Sept. 27. 



R. \i Staff Changes 

Providence, Sept. 4. 

Clianges, in personnel of the 
Keith-Orpheunx Interests In Rhode 
Island have been announced by 
Foster Lard ner, g. m. 

J. S. Powers, former, press man, 
becomes assistant to Lardrior; Al 
Jones, manager of the Victory, quits 
and is replaced by M. J. Reilly, for- 
merly: assistant manager of the 
Albee. 





COEBETT-BAERY SPLIT 

Bobby Barry and James J. Cor- 
bett have dissolved their vaude 
partnership. 

Barry is to head a new six-peo- 
ple comedy act written by Billy 
K. "Wells. He opens for Keith. 



156Q Broadway 



New York City 



INCORPORATIONS 

New Tork ' . 

'Danger" Frodnclng; Co.. Inc.,. Manhat- 
tan, produce the play "Danger," $15,000; 
Ijew Canter, Jlmmle C<)oper, . Betty Coop- 
er. Filed by Solomon S. Zwerdling, 701 
7th avenue, -N.ew York. 

Bom a Dancliiir Academy', Inc., Manhat 
tan, maintain amusement regorts or 
dance halls, tB,000; Liymcin Heaa, 8 
Edward GInsfeUrK. Roao Orkin, Piled by 
Ginnburg and Hesa, 561 6th avenue, New 
•Torjc. 

Frolic Dancoland, .Inc., Queena, main 
tain amusement resorts or dance, halls, 
$6,000; aame. as above. 

John AHbley, JAA.; New York, business 
of theatrical producers, $61,000; Gustav 
F. Stoehr, Peter Devlin, R, M. Stohl- 
berg. Filed by Folger and Kockwood, 

43 Cedar street, New York. 

National Talklngr Movies Corp., New 
York, deal In moving and talking 'pic- 
tures of all kinds. 600 shares no par 
value; Leo Guzlk, Irving Saltzman, Louis 
Zimmerman. Filed by Zelzor and Ber- 
liner, 44 Beaver street. New York. 

AsHOclated Theaitre Ticket Scr>-Ice, Inc., 
Manhattan, theatre tickets, $260,000; 
Fred L. Ferguson, P. M. Pellaten, A. 
Rasmussen. Filed by George B. Hodes, 

44 Court Btroet. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Micro Diso Corp., Manhattan, deal In 
motion and talking pictures, photoplays, 
100 shares, of which 60 class "A,'' 60 
class *'B," both no par value; Alice 
Alexander, Harold M, Brown, BllUe 
Chelcker. Filed by Sellgsberg; and Lewis, 
43 Cedar street. New York. 



TAYLOR'S 1928-1929 
NEW MODEL TRUNKS 

IN TWO COLOR COMBINATIONS 

FOR MEN AND WOMEN 

WITH OPEN TOP Additional Charge) 

The Rolls-Royce of . Trunks. Built for the proreaslonal ahowfolk as only 
a concern dealing ^wlth their problems for the last 76 years could design it. 

Beautiful, Durable, Spacious, Distinctive, Lightweighf 
AN ACTOR'S TRUNK 

The NEW MODEL TAYLOR Is equipped with only ono lock which 
serves aa the lock for the outside of the trunk — a.lso for the drawers when 
the, trunk Is open. The dust door Is also equipped with a lock ao that when 
the trunk is open It la possible to lock the entire- wardrobe section as .well as 
the entire set of drawers. . 

The better grades are made with solid metal bottoms on alt draweta. 
There are no nails on the bottoms. . 

The usual TAYLOR guarantee goea with all trunk*. Our price* are tho 
same as always. ' 

The doors of our stores in New York and Chicago are wide open. Drop 
In and loot' over the TAYLOR 1928-192$ NEW MODEL TRUNICS. 

If you are unable to visit our salesrooms, send, for our ILLUSTRATED. 
BOOKLET, which will introduce you to the finest Professional Trunk ever 



g made. 



TAYLOR'S 



115 West ?5th Street, 
NEW YORK, N. Y. 



28 E. Randolph Street, 
CHICAGO, ILL. 



REMOVAL NOTICE 

On and After Sept* 1 

C.B.MADDOCK 

151 West 46fh Street 

(EAVES BUILDING) 

PHONE BRYANT 4531 



FIRST EASTERH APPEARANCE— THIS WEEK (SEPT. 3) 



Urtliro 

Bromcf 



Four Fe€»t with a SinQle ThouftM 



«. 4' 




KEITH'S PALACE 



NEW YORK CITY 



Direction, MILT LEWIS 




Bohr 



VICTOR ARTIST— DUO ART ARTIST 



Argentina's Moat Popular Actor, Composer and Entertainer 

JUST FINISHED LOEW TIME 

THIS WEEK— K-A-O NEW GARDEN, BALTIMORE 
NEXT WEEK— HAMILTON and PROCTOR'S 86th STREET 

Direction: CHAS. BIERBAUER, A. FEINGOLD 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



37 



LABOR PROBLEMS 



No agreement liad Ijeen reached 
the New York Stagehands 
<Nb. 1) with the International The- 
Utrlcal Association on contracts for 
the new season. Meanwhile nego- 
tiations continue with some definite 
decision anticipated before the end 
of the current week. 

First the union submitted its new 
contractual form which the man- 
Hgers turned down. Then the man- 
agers counteracted with a proposal 
which was also rejected. And there 
the matter hangs until something 
definite. Is mutually accepted by both 
fides. 

Meanwhile the stageliands will 
work for the theatres under a retro- 
active understanding. The old 
union contract expired at midnight 
Aug. 31. 



Newark, Sept. 4. 
Argument with the unions this 
year has ended in a compromise. 
The managers have secured a three 
year agreement and have defeated 
the demand for 18 shows with pay 



TINSEL 
METAL CLOTH 

FOR DROPS 

36 in. wide at 75c a yd. and np 

A full lln« of gold and Bllver bro- 
cades, metal cloths,' gold and sliver 
trlmmlnga, rhlnestonea, s p a' n g I-e s, 
tlgbts, opera hose, etc., etc., for stage 
costumes. Samples upon request. 

J. J. Wylie & Bros., Inc. 

(Sncoessors to Siegman & Well) 
18-20 East 27th Street 
NEW YD RK 



HARKT 



HART 



Anger and Fair 

"DIZZY 1928" 
TOURING LNT£RSTATE CIHCCIT 



JIMMY 



MYRTLE 



Conlin and Glass 

with HANK MILO 
Tivoli Theatre 
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 



for 19. Instoad of the JlL' a rhrui 
inorea.se aslunl the men gc-t ^2 a 
year increase tliig- year and next, 
with $1 increase In the third year. 
This gives a head of department in 
a vaudeville house working four 
shows $92 this year. An extra elec- 
trician is granted the men. At the 
Icglt houses and the Empire (bur- 
lesque) a compromise has given th'.' 
men small Increases. 

So far no settlement with the 
booth operators has been made but 
it , is -agreed that whatever settle- 
ment is reached shall be retroactive 
as of Sept. 1, A previous contract 
still has time to run but it is said 
that the men are . chiefly preparing 
for the introduction of sbund. From 
a demand for $125 they have cut to 
a demand for $95 with four men in 
each house. ' The. cwners are offer- 
ing four men in pictui-e houses with 
three in vaudeville hou.ses. 'Th«? 
mu-sicians also are riot entirely in 
agreement. . Conditions are to re- 
main 'thq same with an increase of 
one to seven in the summer mini- 
mum — nine in winter as now. The 
Mosque apparently will carry 10 
nien with sound. Fox insists that 
the Terminal will have no orchestra. 
The men demand 25 at the Bran- 
ford. 

Several red hot naeetings were 
held in New YOrk during which A. 
A. Adams, of Adams Brothers, own- 
ers of the Newark, walked out 
However, he later settled on : the 
same terms as the others. Great 
secrecy has been . maintained. 



Orph Head Spurns 3 



Walter Kelly, Julius Tannen 
and Texas Guinan. . offered to 
the Keith-Orpheum circuit, ai-e 
reported to have been turnvd 
down by an Orpheum ofhcial 
Mho couldn't see any of the 
three as attractions. 

The Orpheum exec is said 
to have balked on all throe 
names after Murdook, Ken- 
ned/ and Casey left for Eu- 
rope. 



Milwaukee's 1st Agency 



^ : • Milwaukee, Sept.' 
A vaudeville booking agency, 
first this town has ever had, 
been opened under the name of 
"Wisconsin Vaudeville Booking 
I'hange. Margery Shea is mana 
C. Richmond, booking man; 
and P. Mosier, secretary and tr 
iiror. 

.Seven weeks of one nighters 
pplits have been arranged, in 
.state; 



4v 
the 
has 
the 
lOx- 
i^or; 
iger, 
eas- 

and 
the 



Stock Supplants Vaude 

Chicago, Sept. 4, 
South Bend, Ind., gets two dra- 
matic stock companies this season. 
Al Jackson has taken over the 
Blackstone, fornier vaude stand, for 
stock, The Oliver also will have a 
resident company. 



Syracuse, N; T., Sept. 4. 
. But one theatrical labor dispute 
unsettled here, Keith's failing to 
come to terms' with either- the pic- 
ture operators or stage hand."?. 
Negotiations are continuing, with 
the understanding that whatever 
settlement Is effected will be re- 
tro'active. 

Two houses effected last minute 
settlements. The Strand, pictures, 
signed with both the projectionists 
and stage hands, and the Eckel, 
pictures, which has no stage, came 
to an agreement with the operators. 
Both theatres accepted the four- 
man requirement for the booth, 
adding about $60 weekly to the 
Overhead. Strand's agi-eement calls 
foi" one man permanently back 
stage. 



JUDGMENTS 

James W. Elliott; Trauts Realty 
Corp.; $1,120. 

Dodey Dean; Marcus Loew Realty 
Corp.; costs, $82. 

The Frogs, Lester A. Walton, et 
al,; W. Westhome, $2,999. 

Irving M. Lesser; N. Y. Tel. Co.; 
$365. 



COMPLAINT OVEE SKETCH 

Walter Lie Roy (Le Roy arid Ly 
ton) has filed complaint with the 
N. V. A. ^(gainst Chase and Brewer 
for title Infringement on "Neigh- 
bors." 

Le Roy's act was authored by the 
late Junie McCree and according to 
Le Roy he has been doing it for 14 
years. Chia.se and Brewer's act was 
authored by Paul Gerard Smith. 



B-K Units at Tower 

Cnicago, Sept. 4. 
Keiiir.«; Towor iheatre, which rc- 
sxuncd >V. "N', M. A. vaudo three 
weeks ago after trying musical 
comedy stook. will be used as south 
.«5ide stand for B. & K. units orig- 
inating at Oriental. This starts 
Sept. 22. 

Loi-'ally producoil units will then 
have a route of live weeks all with- 
in Chicago, 



Mae Murray for K-O 

Mae Murray is diojtering with the 
Keith-Orpheum Circuit for a 10- 
weeks route. 

Charles Moi'»''^0" is ■ subinitting 
the former picture star. 



TOM HOWARD'S ACTS 

Tom Howard will write, produce 
and stage vaude acts for the Ike 
Weber oflire, Howard is cxn-rent.ly 
co-featurod in "Rain or Shine. ' The 
^Veber vaudo production dep.'U'tment 
has been, placed in charge of IMiil 
Ro.^eriberg.. 

Aliout 15 act-; ..rc contemplated by 
the now conibiiiaiidn, the fii'St being 
•a comedy act built around George 
.shelton, formerly of Shelton and 
I'illard. 



LOEW BOOKING U HOUSE 

Loew takes over the Universal, 
Brooklyn, Sept. 10 with the hou.se 
to be ' rechristened Loew's 46th 
Street. It will play vaudfilm, five 
acts on a split booked by Marvin 
Schenck. 

; Deal between Universal and Loew 
calls for Universal operating with 
Loew booking shows and in on 
percentage. 



KBAMEB-BOYLE FOB LOEW 

Dave Kramer and Jack Boyle are 
exiting from Keith's for a repeat 
tour of the Loew Circuit Opening at 
the State, Norfolk, Va., Sept. 24. 

Team will head "a L«ocw southern 
unit and continue to clown with the 
S.S. L/eviathan Band In an after- 
piece. After the southern assign^ 
ment the team will repeat in the 
eastern Loew houses. 



BILL DUFFY'S NEW TWO 

Bill Duffy, fight manager and 
cabaret proprietor who produced 
the McCarthy Sisters and Leonard 
band .acts, will continue in the 
vaudeville producing field. 

Duffy has two more turns in 
preparation. 



HENSHAW'S PUBLIX UNIT 

Bobby (Uke) Henshaw has been 
signed by Publix to head a forth- 
coming Publix unit. 

Henshaw's contract Is for 20 
weeks with an additional 10 weeks 
option. 



KABTL NOBMAN aUITS K-0 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Karyl Norman will not continue 
for Keith's after Sept. 24. He re- 
turns to the picture houses. 

It is understood Norman and the 
Keith bfllce fell out over salary dif- 
ferences. 



Hutchinson Joins Dawson 

Bob Hutchinson, former Keith 
booker and recently agenting on his 
own, has joined Eli Dawson, Loew 
and Pantages agent. 

Hutchinson replaces Al Friend, 
who left Dawson to enter the field 
on his own. 



Patents 



Souiul t-iTordinK nrnl rcpriMlni'i i.n. K, 
. . SiiOiiU, So. OiMiitJo. N. J , ;i ssii-'iii.r li> 
Wosl iiiKliou.se lOloc. Flli il Si-i-i. 22, 

' 022. Uor. Mo. 6S;i.S13. 15 cjiilins. 
,fiil,370, 

A piiar.'xtu.s for produrliip si-r.cns for 
color phutour.Tplvy. J. ll. 1'o\m-io, .Now 
York Vily. OriRinal uiiiilica lion lVle<i 
Mnr. 10, 1020. !Sor, No. .irit;,l!),>;. Dlvulpd 
-11(1 this '.ipplirfttlnn lllod Got. 30, J 026. 
\'r. No. 146. 12C. 10 clalm.s LCJ^.-IIS. 

Film wliidlnp ni«'Chani.<Jin. .11. H. 
Mark, rroowntor, Ore. X''IUmI Autr; 30, 
920. Ser. No, 132,390. E:Ik1U claims. 
.G.S2,6&3. 

Fire stop or trap for jnolion picture 
tnaoliliio."'. T)on A. navnioiul, Montl- 
■ollo, Inil, Filed Oct. 13, 1027.' .Sor. No, 
!2r),9,T0. Two claims. I,6fi2,fi2-. , 

(not.nilod Information may bo socufod 
hy ppooifyint; name ar\d nuihlior and en- 
"losiiiK 10 cenia In each In.stance to the 
'ojiimi.ssionor of I'atenls, Wa.«;hlngton, 
D.. ,0. ) 




ROSCOE 
AILS 



Spend your vacation at Indian 
Lake with Roscoe Ails. 11,000 
acres, placid waters, beautiful 
7-room log bungalows, absolutely 
modern, lavatories, baths in> 
eluded, swimming, boating, fish* 
ing, 18-hoie golf course fifty feet 
distance. AH bungalows situated 
on exclusive island approached 
by dreamy rustic bridge. The 
summer resort millennium. One 
hour from Columbus, Ohio. 



Address 



ROSGOE AILS 

Artist Isles 
Russell Point. Ohio 



!!!BROADWAY HAS ACCLAIMED!!! 

Don Lee \ Mile. Louise 



IN 



"VODVILS SMARTEST REVUE' 



NOW AT KEITH-ALBEE 



PALACE, NEW YORK 



''Such Popularity Must Be Deserved*' 



Direction JACK CURTIS 



JENIE JACOBS 
presents 



TRIXIE FRIGANZA 



in "A BAG O* TRIX" 

By NEVILLE FLEESON 



»n a big farewell engagement at the PALACE THEATRE, NEW YORK, beginning September 3, before sailing to open September 24 at the Victoria Palace, London 



38 



VARIETY 



B U R L E S Q 0 E 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Wholesale Columbia Shakeup 

But Herk, Reade Deny Split 



Wine, Women and Song 

Kddie Mo.vd C'hii't crnU; 

IJobliy follliia. «i>c<iu<I cDtuic 

Jycfi X,n Km-. ; .I'rlnia .cloiu.ii 

reKKV Nortuun • i!-i)u.Ti'l 

Meryl Wilson • • .InKiMUie 

I'Yiiulc (>■ Uourke. . ... I .SiralBiii 

Oon . tiil U(l UT • • -< J U VflJ 1 il? 



Conflictinff reports a.s to the. 
Mutual shows beinp withdrawn 
from the Columbia, jNew York, re- 
sulted this week ill both I. H. Herk, 
head of Mutual, and Walter Heade, 
leasee of the house, niakinp denial 
that any other policy but Mutual 
ehows would, go ih there. 

With Jeromo Rosenberg, Reade-s 
brother, becoming a.ssociated in the 
operation of- the Colurhbia . this 
week, a swarm of dismissals gave 
the Impression the house might go 
into stock as soon as the present 
Mutual contract could be disposed 
of. 

it was understood that Jean. Be- 
dini would become the stock pror 
ducer when the Mutual shows 
washed xip. . 

A. conference between Reade and 
Herk Monday resulted in both con-, 
firming the continuation of Mutual 
Shows there. 

Runway Leader Out 

Meanwhile Rosenberg has reor- 
ganized the back stage and run- 
way personnel. Isabelle Van and 
Jean Steele and moat of their 



I U. S. Buys President, 
Long White Elep 



Washington, Sept. .4. 
Columbia Circuit , has finally un- 
loaded ilK white elephant, a.s the 
President theatre has proven to be. 



IjCw Talbot has a snappy show in 
the current edition of '-VVine, Woni- 
t>n and Soiitr" at tlie Columbia, New 
I'ork, thi.s week. The outfit as to 
scenery and c6stumes is now. The 
show is a fast dancing affair with 
the u.sual blackouts interspersed, 
mostly familiai-s, but handled ef- 
feotiveiy, 

Disregarding the Columbia's ad- 
ditional build up on traveling at- 
tractions of two runway soubrets, 
Isabelle Van and Jeanne Steele, 
along with their own ensemble of 3 2 



to 'tl.; .Govermnent. Purchase price ^ -/^^^JSL 

was ?250,000; the land being wanted I '^'"■et. lalbots opeia 
for the big Federal building con- 
struction plan. The purchase price 



should clicic 
heavy over the Mutual route. 

The producer Is particularly for- 
tunate ih the best line of princi- 
was $50,575 less than the assessed I pals this reporter has glimpsed In 



value of the property 

House is one of great historic in- 
terest. It stands, on practically 18,- 
000 square feet with a 25-;foot front- 
age on Pennsylvania avenue. Build-' 
ing also houses the famous old Har- 
vey's restaurant. , 

Theatre was btiilt on the site thfvt | also a 
held the first theatre in Washington, 
the original structure having been 
♦built in 1804. Tills was destroyed 
by fire in 1820. In 1822 it was re - 
I built as an assembly hall. From 



a Mutual since covering burlesque. 
ISddie Lloyd and Bobby Collins are 
hardworking comics; J yes La Rue is 
a personality plus prima 6f splendid 
voice; Peggy Norman is a soubret, 
also there with personality and pep, 
making her equal to the assignment, 
while Meryl Wilson, ingenue, is 
sexy trick. Don Gautier, 
stepping juvenile, a.nd Fratik 
O'Rourke, straight, round out . the 
list- iEind are also well placed. 

"Wiiie, Women and Song" follovv.s 
the routined revue, formula with 
plenty of blackouts and numbers 
spacing as usual. The blackouts, 



,1841 to 1843 it served as the city „ 
regular chorine ensemble got their j. ^nd several inaugural mosjtly tried and true familars, are, 

hotices this week. In Miss Van's.] ,,^„„ w»ro'hPifi thorp . . | nevertheless, well , spotted and do 

place will appear Erin Jackson, 
while Miss Steele is to be sup- 



balls were held there. i ... . r„,.~„iv .^,^f+«..^. ^^.i. 



planted by . Ann Clarei, both effec- 
tive Sept. 10/ 

Billy Koud goes out. as stage dl-. 
rector and Raymo'nd Midgely gets 
the house job on same date. 

Mike Joyce, manager of the house 
since the early isummcr, remains! 
The chorus personnel of the Van 



grand opera to stock burlesque. 



RUNWAYS, STOCKS ADD 
TO CHORINE SHORTAGE 



Mutual bufles(iue show produccrR, 
who have boon rehearsing this wo<^k 
and .la.st, have lioen short of chor- 
ines and frantic calls were sent out 
to outside cUlo.'', with Boston mak-. 
Ing the biffgest return. Calls for 
ft'ms . at the N. Y. casting olflceft. 
revealed the fact that what girls 
had come . through for burlesque 
work had been immediately shipped 
off to numerous stock points also 
calling- for the gals. 

Some former Mutual girls were 
seeking stoctc jobs as the stocks 
in.«?ured them atatiohary work while 
the Mutual job 'meant traveling. 

Newer girls were seeking place- 
ments, as runway workers.' which 
also meant a permanent stay In the 
same house. So the gals were put- 
ting Mutual third on the list. 

The first week of Mutual bur- 
lesque in the Columbia, N. Y.. found 
ihe runway girls led by three dif- 
ferent leaders. Isabelle Van holding 
over from the summer ipun.; Jean 
Steele, formerly of vaude and with 
other Mutual .shows, a newcomer for 
the Columbia,, and Buster Sanborn, 
the last named sticking^ one week 
and then jumpiiig to ^Detroit for 
stock work. ' 

Until fiu-ther notice Misses Van 
and Stee.l will alternate in leadiiig- 
the specials on the runway. 



FIRST UNIT OF MUTUAL 
OPPOSISH UNDER WAY 



Irons & damage Do Big with 
Rotating Stock Idea in 
Milwaukee 



More Stock Menace 



steels llne-iip also changes with opposition to the Mutual Circuit 
20 new gals to receive ?40 a week . Joe Hose's Casino, Brooklyn, stock 
ner. No change in the orchestral got away to reported good returns 
■flat. at the start and so did Charles Wal-' 
With the new Rosenberg plans dron's Boston stock at the Gayety 
came a change in the Sunday vaude there, operating at the former Col- 
shows. Starting Sept. 9 they will unibia house. 

bo coyitlnuous, 10 acts, starting at Warren & Clamage are going 

1:30 and continuous to 11, with the stock in Chicago, William Vail is 

top 85c inistead of. the present 2 operating stock at the. Gayety 



corporatcd in the. various scenes. 
The combo makes for plenty of live- 
ly fun sans, the usual, overplay of 
smut and get over lesitimatejy. 

Lloyd is the hard worker 6f the 
brae© of comics, doing sort of a 
Tom Howard boob arict present 
Burlesque stocks are increasing I Pi actlcally in all the comedy scenes. 

= 

is tar the better of the twd. A 



satire on "Talking Pictures" is first 
part and "The Seminary" In the 
second were the best of the black- 
outs. 

Plenty of w'iggling and exposure 
stuff from the principal . femincs, 
esi>ecially the Misses Norman and 
Wilson, not overlooking Isabelle 
Van and Jeanne Steele with their 
usual teasers. The semi-strip stuff 



shows at $1.50 high, Fally Markus Rochester, and in Syracuse Tom went big, as usual, and had the run- 



will continue the Sunday bookings. 1 Phillips opened last week at the 

Other rumors concerned the Hur- Savoy to good returns, 
tig & Seamoh ApoHo, the old H. & Detroit has three stocks now op- 
S. 125th Street Music Hall, having eratlve, the Avenue, Palace and Na- 
a combined Mutual and stock pol- tion. l, with still a fourth, the Broad- 
Icy. Under the direction of Billy way Strand, scheduled to start SCpt. 
Minsky (Mlnsky Bros.) it was said | 9, 



the Mutual shows had been so af- 
fected by the stock policy, that the 
former were playing .there under a 
severe handicap and eventually the 
Mutual sliows would be Withdrawn. 
This Herk also denied, declaring 
that it was definitely understood 
that the Mutual policy dominated 
there. 

At the Apollo a wholesale dis- 
missal of stock principals and 
chorines indicated some sort of 
shake up. < 



Izzy Hurst has stocks In Philadel- 
phia, Baltimore and Washington.. 

Howard Burkhardt, for many 
years manager Hurtlg & Seamon's 
Music Hall (125th striaet), ' Now 
York, is opening a stock in the 
Majestic, Jersey City, Labor Day. 



Burlesque Engagenients 



Babe Healy, soubret, with Na- 
tional Winter Garden; Paddy Crow 
loy, juvenile, with Ed Ryan's Mutual 
Burlesque Co.; Marie De Voe, sou 
bret, with Gayety, Philadelphia; 
Flo Rich, soubret, with Gayety 



JERSEY CITY'S TROUPE 

Stock burlesque went in as per 
manent policy at the Majestic, Jer- 

sey City, this week. Howard Burk- , Alice Burke, soubret, 

hardt, connected for years with L^^^j^ j^.^^^ Jpj^^^ j^^^ Y^^.^. jj^^.^: 
Hurtlg and Seamon, is operating. McSorlcy, stralglit, with Colonial, 

Company includes Eddie Hall, Al Detroit. 
Farr, Pete Curley, Les Sponslor, Artio Leming May Janese, Ann , ^ j number of previous teasers. 
Charles Hendricks, Helen Le Roy, Myers. Ruth Madison and EuaK^| "^1^,^*^ ^„ ^^^,,,,nr>^ 

Mary Walton. Lee Smith, Betty | Aken wkh^Gayet^^^^ 
•McAllister, Peggy Wilson, Ethel 
Spears, Harry Jones and Mae John 



way crieaking under the strain of 

Miss La Rue handled her numbers 
neatly, planting an especial wallop 
in a specialty with ballad and reci- 
tation that had them winging. Miss 
Norman was also a clicker with 
numbers, while . Miss Wilson wa.s 
also there (a few. AH three . arc 
talented, arfe lookers and have that 
quality of '/It" required in a Mu- 
tual opera. 

Frank O'Rourke grave the comic|s 
splendid support as feeder, han- 
dling lines well and warbling sev- 
eral. duets with Miss La Rue. Don 
Gautier sang and danced to good, 
purpose throughout the show and 
spotted a neat acroba,tIc in specialty 
spot. 

The dozen or more songs inter- 
spersed wore staged with more than 
average care in displaying ideas 
and with ieach having an attractive 
costume change,, all fresh through 
this being the season to freshen up 
the shows scenically and otherwise. 
The choristers, up to standard In 
looks, worked hard in the number.^, 
displaying more earnestness and 
animation than usual. , 

Isabelle Van and ensemble, wore 
the mainstays of the runway, de- 



6on. 



C; Al Pharr and Lee Smith with 
I Howard Burkhardt's stock at Majes-. 
tic, Jersey City. 



BACK TO STOCK 

Stock burlesque replaces vaudfilm 
at the Majestic, Jersey City, next 
inonth. 

The Majestic, housed burlesque 
until last season when it . dropped 
from the Mutual Circuit for yaud 
film. 



— Bowery Holds Stock . . 

Stock burlesque will stick at the 
I Lipzin, Bowery, New York, Instead 
of the house reverting to Yiddish 
drama. 

The Yiddish season will instead 
be spotted at the Amphion, Brook- 
lyn.- . 



but with Miss Van in revealing 
feather costume copping the major 
portion of encores before dropping 
the cloak. 

"Wine, Women and Song" is 
there from all angles for burlesque 
and thejMutuivl wjiei?!.. If anytjnng 
"Taibot has surpassed- his previous 
efforts in this year's edition, 2<;f??>a. 



COLONIAL'S STOCK, DETROIT 

Colonial, Deroii, will switch to a 
burlesque stock policy within two 
weeks. Current routine is musical 
tabs. 

.,^The stodk will be produced by 
"J&ck Iliibb with tlie house lea.'^ed 
by the Cohen Bro.s. . 



' . cTarew Follows Hexter, Casino 

Russell Carew has succeeded] 
Billy. Ilexter as manager of the 
Casino, Brooklyii. 

Hexter is reported 8i3 haying 
walked out after differences with 
Joe Rose, lessee and operator of the 
stock burlesque whicli opened there 
two wcelvs ago. 



WANTED ! ! 

GREATEST BOX-OFFICE ATTRACTIONS 

COLUMBIA 

SALARY NO OBJECT 

(JlrlH $.>0 u U'ct'lt— rrinclpalw na Much a.s Tlioy Itritw 

Apply JEROMif~ROSENBERG 

Savoy Theatre, 34th St. and Broadway 

TKXKPffONR ClfU'KKUINitt IPBR 
Mfttweeii 4 ftnrt 5 o'clock 



DIVERSEY 

(Stock Burlesque) 
(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, Aug. 29. 

If a guy and a gal come to 
burlesque theatre at midnight 
they're either stewed or broad 
minded. If they come earlier they 
may be' shocked but inust not be 
disgusted. 

Those are the operating ethiCwS of 
the largest burlesque house. In this 
country. With those principles to 
guide him Aaron J. Jones has 
started one of the greatest stock 
burlesque ventures ever attempted. 

"What a pipe, opening the burley- 
cuo gag trunks to family audiences 
Bits with hoards a block long sud- 
denly become new. A dame with 
her major points of intercut . nni- 
ccalod in cloth once more is a dar- 
-irifr^lflTTBht(T^"Df=^^d^iltry;^Burli^tTe 
starting all over again. 

The Dlvcrsey has 3,100 seats, and 
is located in a northwest noisrtibor 
hood. It is peddling the seat.<i for 
CO cents top, offering 60 people in 
a 75 minute stage show with a fea- 
ture picture. Its bargain vahu^ is 
uniUH'stlonablc, and the families 
will go for it as long as It isn't 
stM'ved too raw. 

That's for the three regular 



shows per day. Every Wednesday, 
at midnight, it's a different story. 
For the "Midnight Shambles" Jones 
brings in extra iiip wavers from the 
Ri.'ilto and Star, and Garter, also 
stock burlesque. Top adniitJh jumps 
to $2, and the gals pull off a few 
dailies. Besides sha,king on the 
theatre's two runways they run iip 
and down the aisles. A few are 
stripped to. the last legal degree and 
told to keep still in the interests of 
art. Rawr skits are. added, and busi- 
ness becomes plainer. - 

Opening "Shambles" was mostly 
invitational, with a fUll house, A 
regular show also seen had .a full 
house, with considerable introduc 
tory. paper. But real money is com- 
ing in, too. 

Here's a slant on what Jones is 
doing for his two types of audi- 
ences. The regular "Parisian Vaga- 
bonds" show held skits about a 
drunk in a cafe, a "sap" husband 
.who wheeled the baby for his ^ wife 
but collected her pay check weekly, 
ap iceman who keeled over when a 
seer told a hubby the father of his 
wife's child would drop dead if it 
turned out to be a boy, a prohibition 
offlcer who tasted drippings from a 
suitcase containing a dog and pro- 
nounced it .scotch, and a negro 
baby with his rear flap unbuttoned 
.standing outside an outhouse in. Im- 
personation of the original black 
bottqpi. Family customers shrieked 
but didn't squawk,. 

For the"Shamblos" all skits were 
blued up a little, a few punch ex- 
tras were included, threie undress 
numbers, a hot cooch and a bare 
front enseinble were added, and the 
girls ground harder and hit the 
aisles. The midnight audience 
shouted at dirt and cried ^or bare 
gals. The show satisfied both 
crowd.H. 

Fred Clark is handling produc- 
tion, I'otating his shows on a stock 
circuit consisting of the Rialto, Star 
and Garter and Diversey. Each 
unit has 32 travelling girls, but the 
Diversey retains 1.6 routine chorines 
In addition, providing basis for real 
kick and elTecl voutlnes besides the 
perennial burlesque grind and 
.shimmy. Opening show was spat 
tef ed"^'ith ch5ilJs".iinmbT5ra 7eot»De^^^ 
from revue.s, backed by plenty, of 
inexpensive scenery. Finale was a 
buildup minstrel ensemble, taken 
from "LeMalre's Affairs," Plenty of 
swell builds in the chorus of 48, 
and no outright letnons. 

Ernie "Schultz" Schroeder, chief 
comic, wowed the fahiUIeS. with a 
slow Dutch delivery arid .sleepy 
makeup. Milks his stuff plenty, biit 
with such class he can. draw foui' 
laughs on. one srag. Billy "Bumps" 
Mack, second; Is a good fall guy and 
also works effectively alone. Frank 
O'Neill, third comic, had little to 
do in this show but has carried 
chief comedy in other stock outfits 
Among the girls E\"elyn Meyers 
blonde and built, can cither grind 
it for the stews 9r look childish for 
the f;\mili('S, and gets over with 
both crowds. Frances I'aiks nnd 
Ruby Pil.grpon are reliablos for both 
lines .and runw.iy numbers, with 
1^1 iss Parks for the boys who likr 
'em substantial. Other principals are 
x^lled.^ . Slcndel.=aMd.:-^Gilb.ei=t: =^Mafii 
straights; Franz Marie Texas and 
l\iul Wost, vocmI combo, and Lois 
Frazior, s. and d. 

Burles(iue looks unusual in a do 
luxe hou.'fe, surrounded by military 
ushers; and \ylth pop bringin.g the 
IwiU and chain ;md oldest kid.along. 
But it's Romelhitig new for ihe pi<'- 
ture house crowds, and thi.s Spot 
has failed with vaude, pictures and 
prescntatioua. Loop, 



Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 4. 
Formation of a amall burlesque 
wheel whicli alms to compete with 
the Mutiial wheel took form here 
last week with the opening of the 
Empress by Irons & Clainage. 

In a statement by. Arthur Clam- 
age, the firm is haw dickering for 
six houses with three already con- 
tracted for. The Empress opened 
with a seU-6ut and one of the big- 
gest casts ever put on a- burlesque 
stage here; Principals ,and choris- 
ters fell over each other in the 
wings, crowding the stage and over- 
flowing the dressing ro.oms.^ 

According to Clamage, the wheel 
will embrace Milwaukee, Chicago, 
Kansas City, Onniaha, St. Loiils and 
one more town to be picked later. 
Principals .will be moved about once 
evei*y six weeks and . the choruses 
will be stationary. 

bpening in opposition to tlie Gay- 
ety (ilutxial) the Clamage show did 
plenty of damage, chiefly due to the 
fact that the . head-price top is a. 
half dollar, a quarter under the 
Mutual scale. 

Members of the cast now at the 
Empress are: RiVy Reed, Billy Mpa- 
sey, Riiss Trent, Jack Greenm<in, 
Bobby Whalen, Chubby DrlSdale, 
Buddy Lavorlce, Mabel White, Toota 
Brown, Rexlne Dare^ and twenty7Six 
choristers, Frank Wakefield is pro- 
ducing. 



Burlesque Routes | 



Weeks of Sept. 3 and 10 

Jtpst Show In Town— CpliimbUi, Cleve- 
land; 10. Grand, Akron. 

Big Hevlow — Knipire, Brooklyn; 10. 
Trocadero, Plillndelphlu. 

Kohomlans-TSmplrc, Toledo; 10, Colum- 
bia, Clcvelanil. 

: Bowery Burlesqucrs— o. ; 10, Empire, 
Providence. 

Burlesque Review— CJayety, Mthnoapolls; . 
10, Gayety. Milwaukee. 

Dainty Dolla^StrHnd, WaslilnBton ; 10, 
Academy, Pittsburgh. - 

nimpUed DurllnBs— T..yrlc,. Newark; 10, 
6t:»r, Brooklyn. 

Flapper Follies— Gayety, Mo.itrcal; 10. 
Howard, Boston.- 

French Moetola— Lyceum, . C .:.:mbus; 10, 
Lyric, D&yton, . ' 

Frivolities— 3-5. L. O.;. C-8, Colonial, . 
Utioa; 10, Gayeey, Montreal. 

GlnBcr Girls— Majestlci Albany; 10-12, . 
L. O.; l.')-15. Colonial. Utica. 

Grlls From Happyland— State, Spilng- 
fleld; 10, Grand, Hartford. 

OlrJs From tire FolUen— Gayety, ScVan- 
•ti)n:- lO, Gnyoty, Wllkesbarre. 

Girls In Blue— Mutual, Indianapolis; 10, 
Garrlnk, St. liOuls. 

Girls ot the XT. S. A.— Gayety, Boston; 
10, Sluto. ■SMrinprdeia. 

Hello Paree— Academy, Plllsburgli; 10, 
Lyceum, Columbus. 

niRh Flyers— Grand, Hartford; 10, Lyric, 
BrlilKeport. ■ ^ 

Hindu Belles— Gayety, Baltimore; 10. 
Slr.md. WasUlnpton. 

Jazztline Revue— Howard, Boston; , 10; 
Columbia, N. Y. C. 

Kuddllnp TCnllos— Bmphe. Providence; 
10. Onyoty. Boston. 

Lftrtin' Thru- Hudson, Schenectady; lo. 
Mn.ie.<!llc, Albany. 

Merry "Whirl— Gayety, Kansas City; 10. 
L. O. , 

MLschlef Makers — Orpheum, Pnlerson; 
10. Hudson, Union City. 

Moonllpht M:ild3-L. O,; 10, Gayely, 
Minneapolis. 

Moulin UoUBC Glrla— H. & 6.. mth St., 
N. v: C: 10. l: O. . 

N'ftUKhty Nlftlc.^-Gayoly, LouKsvlllc: 10, 
Muluni, Indianapolis. 
,Nlte Life In Parls-Cadlllac, Dolroll; 10, 

Empire,. -!Eoledo. - — -■ — ; — 

Nlpht Club Olrls-Irvine PI., N. T. C; 
10. .Tamalon. 
Parisian l-'l.ippera-lO. Lyric. New.irk. 
Pu.-sH PuMS— L. O. : 10, G.nyety. Buffalo 
medium Oiicens-C;.-iycty. Milwaukee; 10, 
Rmpreas, Clrlcapo. ■ ,<» 

Uccord Tlreukrrs—St.Tr Brooklyn; 10, 
Orpheum, Pnter.son. . _ n. 

Red Hols -lOnipresF, ChlonRo; 10, Cu<m- 
!ac. l>otr(>lt. • .n 
f?r)clal Mnld.i— Hiifl.snn. Union Cll>'; 10. 
Trvlnp PI., N; T. C. .^^ „ . 

.Speed Glil.K-riayely, Buffalo; 10, Hud- 
son, Schenectady. , , m ■ 
"porty Widows— Konire.ss, ClnHnnntl:. vi, 
Ci.. ..-ety. I/iulsvllte. 
Step AinnK— (iayely. "WIlkesKTrre _ 
Step Lively tilrls-Garrlck. St. l-ouls. 
10. Gayety. Knn.xhs f'lty. 

Step on .11 ,Lyrlo. Dayton: 10, Ki>i|'r<-»s, 
Cincinnati. . .f. 

. Stolen Sweets -Gayety,. BroolOyn; 'O- 
Gnyetv, Scranton. , ,•„. 

Sucar Halvlfs-Trocndero, Phllnilpli>i'ia, 
lf>, Gayety, T.;illlmnre, . ■ 

Ufjimd llie Tinvn -T/. O. ; 10, IT. 
ys-\\\ St., N, T. r. ^ ,„ I „ 

Watson's ]»eef TiiisL--L.. O.r 10. Kiup'to. 
fii-iiriUU n. ■ • ' , 

Wine. Woman ■& S.vni; — Colninbin, 
N. Y. C; C'l.vety. V.ronklyn. 



.nger of Oold.-Jtein Bro.s' Ihciitre in 
IMttsileld, M.Tss., .becomes ;is.4o- 
ciMled with the New York Ki'Uh 
ofhccs. 



Jack Sanson has resigned as m.m-. 
agor of the fc?tote, Manclnv'lci'. 
(Tonn,, to accept a similar po.^t ^v;lh 
the Princess. Tlartford. Conn. I'l'i 
Von rilskey Buccceds at Uio fc^tate. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



FILM HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



39 



FOX 

(Wired) 
(BROOKLYN) 

Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 31. 
Fox's new 6,000 seater in the 
downtoWn BCCtloh of Brooklyn 
opened -its doors Friday night with 
every indication tiiat It will swamp 
the neighborhood. ' The Fox house, 
coupled with what the new Par- 
aniount theatre close by should do, 
will about ruin the other neighbor- 
hood houses. 

In . the vicinity, among the pop 
priced variety and picture houses, 
are the E. F. Albee, which is now 
vaudfilm theatre, the ^lomart. 



Keith's drpheum, the Stanley Cir 
cuit's Mark Strand and the two 
Loew houses, . Metropolitan and 
Melba. Of " these, the Met with its 
vaude shows and the pick of M-G-M 
and Par features has the best 
chance to maintain the pace once 
the Fox and Paramount hit their 
stride. Probably the biggest Suf- 
ferers will be the Orpheum, Mo- 
mart (straight pictures) and Melba, 
with the Strand having a chance 
through the talkers which will re- 
duce the nut considerably, in ad- 
dition to the tact that this Stanley 
link for many years has enjoyed an 
enviable prestige and neighborly re- 
gard in the borough across the 
bridge. 

There Is an alternate possibility 
In this oversetting of "downtown 
Brooklyn that .the subway commut- 
ers to Broadway will stay within 
their own borough and take advan- 
tage of theatre proximity. Between 
the Fox arid the forthcoming Para- 
mount premiere, -with their 10,000 
seats, and the other neighboring 
houses, there stre 24,000 seats avail- 
able in downtown Brooklyn-, accord- 
ing, to computation of the iaf ore- 
mentioned theatres. 

It may be exaggerated to state 
that 30 per cent of the people mill- 
ing up and down Broadway week 
ends, as some have estimated, never 
patronize anything but the quick 
eateries and chop suey restaurants, 
after finally tiring of storming the 
theatre gates, finally seek repose 
and rest in the food dispensaries; 
No question, however, but that a 
sizeable percentage, whether it's as 
high as, 30 p. c, cannot get irito a 
Broadway theatre on the great 
tjoobiiesie's play-nights, and the sal- 
vation for the contemporary Brook- 
lyn houses might pan out to be the 
accommodation of Brooklyn's por 
lion of this overflow by keeping 
them in their home territory. 

There is also the additionally bp 
tlmistlc likelihood that what now 
appears to be an overseating condi 
tion in Brooklyn will prove a busi- 
ness getter and creator through 
bringing the mob Into that vicinity 
and encouraging a brief travel from 
the residential sections. 

The new Fox theatre, another D. 
C. Aronberg- William Fried edifice, 
from designs of C. Howard Crane, 
tnaintaihs the progressive strides of 
present-day theatre construction 
It Is a luxurious, comfortable audi- 
torium, built not unlike tlie Fox- 
Roxy in New York with elegantly 
comf drtable . upholstery , and fol- 
lows the same practical Idea of 
ample space between rows of seats 
ao that ready egress and entrance 
are possible. This first thought for 
the patron's comfort has been the 
-psych ologieal whyfor of the Roxy's 
success. The other wrinkle of suf 
flclent overhead diffused light to 
tnake possible program reading 
Without any ill effect on the pro 
jection is Included In the magniflr 
cent structure. 

The house is said to represent a 
$10,000,000 Investment. If exag- 
gerated by a couple of millions for 
the sake of round figures. It looks 
like the money In every respect; 
There is no question as to a first 
.rate classification for everything in 
the Brooklyn Fox. Nothing has 
been skimped. 

The pit orchestra of 60, super- 
vised by Meyer Davis, who Is the 
recently Installed supervising gen- 
er^iLmusIcal director, will prove pf 
ho small Tmportarice at tFe" box of- 
fice. And not the least of the in- 
dividual components will be Charles 
Previn, a veritable personality, at 
.the helm. Whether or not for rea- 
sons of policy — comparable to Paul 
Ash being still under wraps at the 
Paramount — Previn was certainly 
held in restratnt when at the Roxy. 
Prior to his advent, much had been 
presaged concerning him, dating 
back to his St. Louis theatre liovi- 
tialte, and now Previn proves him- 
fielf a powerful personality pit 
maestro who Is a happy compro- 
hiise between a dignified symphony 
conductor and a showmanly com- 
tdy baton-wielder. . 

They're gonna love Previn who, 
When waxing Wagnerian in his 
Tannhauser" conducting, Is a se- 
date enough maestro, but who, when 



performance. The dedicatory tab- 
leaux, with the startling Max H. 
Manne effects, got off to a great 
start. The Movietone held the Hon. 
James Byrne, President of the Bor- 
ough of Brooklyn, in a welcoming 
address, along with George Bernard 
Shaw's talker. Movietone hews reels 
rounded out the sound film program 
of shorts; the feature, "Street 
Angel," of ' course, is synchronized 
also. 

"Carnival de Naples" was the pro- 
log, including John Griffin, tenor; 
Morgan and La Rue, dancers; LouiSe 
Baer, soprano, and 16 Fox Tiller- 
ettes, a clever troupe routined by 
Mary Read, head of the John T.Jller 
school in America. 

Among the other inaugural f ies- 
tivities was a. brief march drill of 
the housfe staff of 20 uniformed 
Ushers and Georgia Jessel extempo- 
raneously paying tribute to the 
founder, of the Fox theatric?il enter- 
prises. 

House staff personnel of the 
Brooklyn Foi include Frederic 
Fradkin as associated director of 
music with Previn; Max H. Manne, 
production manager; Clark Robin- 
son, art director; Edward Legegott, 
vocal coach; David Bi-omberg and 
Joseph Flaherty, house managers, 
with the former in the front of the 
housef; . Archie Levy, treasurer; 
Frank H. Richardson, chief organist; 
Igor Krousse, musical librarian; Eu- 
gene Braun, electrical supervisor; 
Jack Mayer, chief electrician; Wal- 
ter Clapp, chief carpenter; J. H. 
York, chief engineer; Han'iet 
Rogge, wardrobe; Gene Le Gendre, 
drill master. 

Apropos of the Brooklyn Fox and 
the forthcoming Paramount's effect 
on downtown Brooklj'n theatre 
trade, there is the optimistic alter- 
nate, possibility that both may prove 
instrumental in bringing more peo- 
ple into the vicinity, counting 
against ,the neighborhood houses 
and easing the Broadway attend- 
ance. On the other hand, the park- 
ing problem is even more acute in 
downtown Brooklyn than in Man- 
hattan's midtown, and those who 
must take the subway may prefer 
going just as well to Broadway 
rather than Brooklyn's White Way 
However it works out, the greatest 
value for 75c will spell the final ah- 
iswer. The Fox is scaled at six bits 
throughout. : Ahel. 



ORIENTAL 



occasion demands, as in the "Dance 
of the Blue Danube Blues," a jazz 
t^araphrase of the original of Johann 
Btrauss, can inspire the audience to 
hiirth solely through the pantomimic 
effect . of ^ his, recalcitrant ..mop. .jP.f^ 
nair, expresisive hands and "an" in- 
telligent sense of humor as he 
draws" his battery of violins or 
fanfare of trumpets Into the proper 
^usical moods. Whether or not 
Broadway is the superlative in show 
business, Previn Is bringing Broad- 
way to Brooklyn With his style of 
conducting. ^ . 

The show In Its' entirety was 
Astonishingly smooth for a premiere- 



(Wired) 
(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, Sept. 2. 
: For 65 minutes of entertainment 
there is not enough talent dn the 
stage at the Oriental this week 
"Icy-Hot-Jazz" Is the title of this 
unit credited in production to Louis 
JtfcDermott. The latter missed out 
dn a good many points in this show 
while permitting it to run over at 
least '-20 minutes. Initial perform- 
ance, Sunday, dragged in many 
spots, niaking it tough for some of 
the pace-making items to elevate 
the tempo. The Abbott dancefrs 
wer,e trotted forth In practically the 
sanie routines they have been doing 
in this house week after week." The 
difference seems to be their cos- 
tumes, which are changed weekly. 
Otherwise their hop, skip and Jumps 
are the same. 

Of the composite layout In this 
show, best bet was Bob La Salle, 
familiar to the Oriental-goers, hav- 
ing played here four or five times 
this year. La Salle carries a light 
strain of comedy that fits In with 
his personality, and while his gags, 
and stories are , not strictly up to 
date, his songs and ditties are bet- 
ter. With Al Kvale, the regular 
m. c. stage personality here, La 
Salle worked In a few bits through- 
out the Show. Kvale Was a good 
straight for him, too. 

Entrance of the Abbott girls (10) 
started proceedings, with Kvale 
making his bow accompanied by La 
Salle in gag repartee. Some more 
of that with Kvale and Helen Mc- 
Devitt, who later came out in a 
warbling spot and failed, to Impress 
from that angle. Her youth carries 
her along for a while, but very little 
else. Another little girl, introduced 
as Bonnie, made a good showing 
with an acro-dancing. routine tha.t 
looks promising for the girl, recently 
pulled out of the line and gives evi- 
dence of developing. 

The . Ormonde Sisters (3) Were 
pleasingly spotted In versatile rou- 
tines of harmony songs and dance. 
Their first is a "wooden soldier" 
number, fairly well executed to a 
fast tap finish. They also vocalize 
in good tune. . 

Kvale swung the band into an In- 
terpolated arrangement of "Just 
Like a Melody," bringing out Billy 
Meyers; songologist, permamently 
located on the stage. Nothing out 
of the'ordinai'y in voice looks. This 
band number was tod long and 
edged Itself off. Toe routine by the 
girls did not arouse anything but 
was followed with something better 
In Roy Sheldon, youngster, who can 
do Russian hook-steps and other 
footwork. Oft repeated clothes 
parade constitutied the ensemble 
finale, 

Henri Keates had an easy time 
df""it"'ar=lK6-"'organ-"for--=W 
period with several well timed pop 
tunes to which the mob chlrjped 
while slides were going. Regulation 
organ stuff is becoming conventional 

hero. ' 4, 

Celluloid feature, Colleen Moore 
In "Oh, Kay" (F. N.). While houAe 
Is wired, all set for the sound Btuff, 
subjects are not yet on display. 
Normal biz Sunday. Loop 



PARAMOUNT 

(Wired) 
(NEW YORK) 

New York, Sept. 1. 
With a glorified western as the 
feature, the Par show tliis week is 
well balanced and generally pleasing 
if not overly strong. The John 
Murray Anderson unit, "Parisian 
Nights," the Fox Movietone short 
subject starring the Pat Rooneys, 
and Jesse Crawford's consistently 
corking organ recital all combine 
to bolster the forepart of the pro- 
gram. 

Anderson's revue holds the cute 
Williams Sisters, George Dewey 
Washington and a troupe of clever 
Foster girls as the . features, with 
the Paul Ash personality ever ef- 
fective at the helm of things. Ash 
figures in no small mieasure in sell- 
ing the. .talent to. the customers,, 
building' up the Williams kids and 
the colored singer, for example, to 
show-stopping results. 

The Franco-American revue evi- 
dences quite some creative imagina- 
tion on- Anderson's part, marred only 
by tlie now trite Apache death 
dance double as done by Gretchen 
Eastman and Rex Mara, with Mario 
Remo, Michael Alvin, Geoffrey Luck 
and Marie Goode in support. 

The reyue opens appropriately 
with Henry Mack tenoring."Ca C'est 
Paree!" in a colorful boulevard 
stage set. i 
Dorothy and Hannah Williams 
et their innings in early with two 
Walter DonaldSdn numbers, includ- 
ing their classic "Sam, the Old Ac- 
cordion Man" interpretation, fea- 
turing all of the advaiice Chi 
Jazzique' which marked them so 
favorably both here and in the west 
Unfortunately, the Williams suf- 
fered the fatis of most pioneers when 
their Broadway debut suffered be 
cause their Jazz tempos were JUst 
a bit too futuristic for the cosmo 
politan tastes. Since then,- Zelma 
O'Neal, notably among others, won 
Broadway fame with the same style 
of work which the Williams kids 
first introduced. 

The Ash band clicked with a noy 
elty ditty, "It Goes Like This," rem- 
iniscent in tempo of the ad lib mod- 
ulations which Helen Kane Intro 
duced in her "That's My Weakness 
Now" number. Ash has built the 
"Goes Lik^. This" song , into a pro 
ductlon flash with topical take-offs 
behind a screen. 

The Montmartre cafe scene Is ap- 
propriately set by Mack's VMont 
martre Rose" solo, followed by 
"Midlnette" headed by the Williams 
George Dewey Washington reg 
Istered unqualifiedly with "Chloe" 
and "Just Like a Melody Out df the 
Sky," making the third ponaldson 
tune in a 34 minute presentation 
"Memories of France" with several 
striking military and patriotic tab- 
leaux topped It off nicely. 

The Pat Rooney-Marlon Beht-Pat 
Rooney, i Jr., Movietone was shoul- 
dered Rolely. by the elder Rooney 
with his sure-fire stepology, Pat the 
third contributing a little and Miss 
Bent coming' on for the finale. 

Crawford's organ recital, featuring 
'Just a Night for Meditation," 
'You're a Real Sweetheart," **12 
o'clock Waltz" aiid a fourth num- 
ber, was a pleaaant nine minutes. 
Crawford framea his own song 
8 lid e B. seemingly, superlatively 
stressing the quality and character 
of each number and also giving the 
songwriters a little mention, in it- 
self unusual. 

•rrhe Water Hole," from Zane 
Grey , story, has Jack Holt and 
Nancy Carroll featured In a dude 
western. Abel. 



from the line out in fx-ont in tap 
specialty. Number scored. 

After curtain is lowered the 
Brooks Trio, banjo songsters,, ap- 
pear in front in clown rig and jazz 
up a couple of numbers that go 
over fairly well. Curtain UP again, 
to reveal futuristic scrim, bringing 
Cllfl! Crane on in an eccentric dance 
number that scored well. Scrim 
up to show six girls in spangled, 
unskirted costumes on marlile ped- 
estals in , front of elaborate blue 
back drape, with Doris AVhltmore 
out in front again with another 
song. As songster retires stage llUs 
up with rest df line girls until they 
iire all out for a pleasing scarf 
dance, all wearing blonde wigs, with 
another line girl In silver co.stume 
n front doing sbmelrsault splits, 
turn ending with girls in three, 
groups in tableau formation. 

Real comedy turn of act came next 
with Walter Nellson, grabbed by 
Marco at tryout. night befoi'e, doing 
some unusual . trick bicycle Stuff, 
all handled as comedy. His patter 
wasn't bad. Big. 

Al Lyons' Four Horsemen — sax, 
accordion, banjo and bass viol— fol- 
lowed with some hopped up grand 
opera stuff that .took the crowd. 

Act closed with great version of 
Parade of Wooden Soldiers, the line 
girls being scaled up on varied 
length stilts In red and black hats 
and blouses and white trousers .a:s 
the soldiers. Wowed. 

•'Four Walls" (M-G-M) with John 
Gilbert, Movietone News, Topics of 
the Day on the screen. J. Wesley 
Lord at the console. 



ROXY 



LOEW'S STATE 

(Wired) 
(LOS ANGELES) 

Lot : Angeles; Aug. 81. 
Fanchon and Marco presented one 
of the most elaborate and beauti- 
fully mounted "Ideas" they have yet 
offered for the new stage show at 
Loew's State, nnder the title "Up 
in the"^ Air," with "SiiBt Like a Mel- 
ody Out of the Skies" as the theme 
song. Staging of the Idea required 
so much space that the orchestra 
was placed in the pit and the m. c. 
was disposed of, Al Lyons, who has 
tha^ Job currently confining him- 
self to conducting and appearing in 
the Four Horsemen turn with his' 
accordioli. 

The whole Idea la staged Uke an 
elaborate ballet, with an atmosphere 
of fantasy, and with musical and 
comedy turns Interpolated. 

After an overture bit by the men 
in the pit, the curtain goes up on 
nearly dark stage with semi- cir- 
cular dark drape background. Girl 
from line tip-toed out in cavalier 
costume to be Joined by Doris 
Whitmore, in short Watteau gown, 
playing yiblln and singing theme 
song, while she toe dances. As song 
ends, five panels In draped back- 
ground open up, revealing girls on 
fltllt.1, with huge mauve and green 
hoopskirts reaching to floor. Stilt 

glrlL__d2.Q5e=l!3iPJ?^t then : ,r^etlre :„to 

pcrinit five girls to emerge from 
beneath skirts, to continue minuet. 
Five more appear from under the 
balloon skirts a moment later and 
Join the line. As they retire to the 
rear of the stage, half a dozen 
more come 'from wlngSt *n Jazzy, 
modern, brief blue costumes and 
give the scene a modem touch with 
some fast tap-toe work, another girl 



A (Wired) 
(NEW YORK) 

New York, Sept. 2. 
In vaudeville is a single (Harry 
Hines) who,: after occupying the 
stage for iabout IB minutes, . adr 
dresses the audience as follows: 

"Ladies and gentlemen: Most ac- 
tors reserve the best thing they do 
for the finish. They tTy td make 
that the sti ongest part of their turn 
Bull have no finish. Tm thrdugh.' 

The single thereupon turns on his 
heel and leaves the stage, r 

The same idea is followed this 
week at the Roxy. After occupying 
the stage for 20 minutes or more 
the big, pretentious, optically mag 
niflcent presentation, "A Tale of 
Araby," suddenly walks off, so to 
speak. The curtain descends, there 
are a few nioments of quiet smooth 
ed over by soft playing of inusic 
and the film, "Fa:zil," begins; The 
presentation's .-ending is abrupt, tin 
expected and dahgerdusly close td 
awkwardness. 

• "A Tale of Araby" Is done in Mr, 
Rothafel's generous style. The 
stage is densely populated, the light 
Ing, color schemes and musical score 
blend harmoniously Into a picture 
of beauty. But there is little action. 
The versatile ballet corps . ease 
across the rostrum with a- stlff- 
kneed slouch effected by Arabian 
debutantes. Three girl contortion- 
ists defy the laws of anatomy. The 
sultan sings and his Moorish rose 
registers what, from the distant 
loges, looked like Oriental coyness, 
A great number of names are pro- 
grammed, but it is impossible to 
identify individuals. The names In- 
clude Beatrice Belkin, Harold Van 
Duzee, liasoutra, Hubert Trio, Helen 
Gray,. Elsa Green well, Bobbe Lon- 
don, M. Vodnoy and Sarah Edwards. 

More effective from the standpoint 
of applause was the orchestral pre- 
sentation of "Roses of Yesterday," 
new Berlin song. In the old days 
this would'' be called an out-and-out 
song plug but Roxy treated It, and 
the public is accepting It, as an 
event." 

The Russell Markert Roxyettes 
elicited applause at several points 
with their routines. Their discipline, 
grace and efficiency Is a stage full 
and an eye full. Henri Therrlen, 
better known in Chicago than lo- 
cally, tenored the melody, and Patri- 
cia Bowman helped. 

The familiar "Orpheus" overture 
opened the show. Only one silent 
newsreel shot showing Secretary 
Kellogg arriving In Europe. Rest 
Movietone news and identical with 
stuff current at Strand and Gaiety. 

Lanti. 



WARNER BROS. 

(Wired) 
(HOLLYWOOD) 

Hollywood, Calif., Aug. 29. 
Current • Larry Ceballds stage 
show at this house not so hot, Look* 
as, though Ceballbs shot at the 
wrong bull's-eye by putting on an 
out-and-out dance show instead of 
using the voices and a punch or two. 
He held on to the theory that 24 
gal^ in the line, who have been 
holding up their end in p.ast produc- 
tions, could carry the. load. How- 
ever, tlioy cannot and *t is not their 
fault cither. ' • 

Also he tried for atmospheric ef- , 
fects to be in keeping with "The 
Terror," the Warner Bros' talker, 
which was screen attraction. This 
endeavor to hold the atmosphere for 
the "Super revue" entitled "En- 
chantment" brought on a slow and 
urientertaining series of: tableaux , 
and dance episodes. One number; 
'Witchos. Prowl," with a dozen o£ 
the girls led by Doris Walker, was 
slow, creepy Effect with a hoof 
sparking finish, the girls ; clicking 
their heels to procure the effect. The 
Dance Macabre" had 24 girls doing 
fiantastic and eccentric stepping in 
trick costumes, phosphdrizcd in 
front and black in back. A striking 
number, though seen before. For 
the final punch number they had 
the double dozen, do a . reflection 
mirror dance with 12 working on 
each side of transpareincy dupllcat-. : 
ing each dther's steps and movo- 
mentis up and down a short flight of 
steps, ending: up with the entire en- 
semble arid principals working Into 
a single line with the climax black- 
ing theni. out and showing some 60 
phosphorlzed niitts. • 

The song Interludes were very 
brief, James Burroughs, a corking 
gdod tenor getting only two chances 
to exei-cise splendid pipes, and the 
Tommy Atkins sextet also finding, a 
chance for chant besides doing their 
dance routine. . The boys are a find 
for a picture house lineup, whether , 
weekly chang;e or unit Doris Walk- 
er, Who leads the boys In a number 
as well as the fem. contingent. Is a 
sweet and pleasing little figure and 
an alluring little terpsichorean. 

Sally and Ted, who have been 
here since house opened, come forth 
witli an adagio, while Burroughs/ 
warbled. Hero Is a youthful team 
that handles all the acrobatic holds 
and tosses in the adagio line and 
can stand out anywhere, pic- 
ture house or production. The 
youth for relief is away from, the 
Usual adagio strong man in appear- 
ance, being thoroughly American 
and having a graceful carriage. 
Pearl Twins, with an acrobatic and 
cartwheel dance routine, are a' coni- 
binatlon that qualify in the hew 
talent class. They are a couple of 
kids Who look sweet and work hard. 
Mary La Flohlc, a contortionist, 
twisted, turned and bent herself in 
the wake df the Twins and in this 
bad spot got little recognition. Alice 
Weaver, a smart looking damsel on 
the toes, got over In great shape 
with a simple routine. ■ 

4Show here on stage cost less than 
$2,600, but is not In keeping with 
the others that Ceballos has staged. 
In the past he has put them on last 
arid snappy, and hit on all cylinders. 

For opener Harry Q. Mills at the 
organ provided a medley of selec- 
tions for the opening solo. The Foy 
Family were projected on the screen 
in a Vita short, "Foys for Joy." 
"Yes, We Have No Bananas," waa 
the pit overture, arranged by Leo 
iF. Forbsteln for his 16 men to turn 
Into International " melodies. The 
arrangement had Interpolations 
from the operatic scores of Wagner, 
Liszt, Beethoven, Cadman and fin- 
ished with Sousa effects. 

An International News Weekly of 
four clips without sound preceded 
the screen feature. Business on sec- 
ond night of four- week run of pic- 
ture calpacity. House turned away 
more than 600 on night and clicked 
to its Umit on the matinee. Vng. 



RIVIERA 

(OMAHA) 

Omaha, Sept. 1. 

The first girl -less Publix stage 
show greeted Omahians here when 
Lou Forbes, new master of cere- 
monies, presented "Hey! Hey!" 
with only four people in the cast. 
These were George Givot,, Jack 
Powell and the Gibson Sisters. 

While the show lacked the lure 
furnished by the twinkletoes, it 
moved along fast to a slambang 
finish and went over In fair style. 
Givot, an Omaha boy, clicked well 
with his gags and comedy singing, 
but it was Powell's blackface drum 
comedy that grabbed off the spon 
taneous outbursts. 

Forbes has. a tough spot to follow 
here^ as; Paul ^Spor Jiad a big^ fol_ 
lowmgrTfre"''waa~^^^^ 
the new Capitol, Publix, In Cedar 
Rapids, la., after 28 weeks at the 
Omaha stand. However, Forbes 
knows his pb.iltlbn and set about in 
a businesslike way to sell him.solf. 
He gave 'em his best bet, ballad 
fiddling, for the first show, and 
caught on well enough. Has a new 
band and should do well. 



CAPITOL 

(NEW YORK) 

New York, Sept. 1. 
With sound films all around it the 
Capitol has brought Mort Harris 
back and sent him a ca.8t to play 
with consisting of Jack Ostermann, 
Ruby Keeler, Roseray and Cappela, 
Maxinc Lewis and 24 Chester Hale 
Girls. Putting it all together, Harr 
ris is currently presenting his sec- 
ond edition of "Oddities" with Walt 
Roesner in the pit and Ostermann 
ad llbbing the acts on an.d some- 
times off. It's strong and good look- 
ing stage entertainment, even 
though the production department 
Is repeating on the electrical de- . 
vices used in the finale flash. May< 
have figured they'd done enough Ic*' 
the house with the personnel. 

Ostermann, just as flip, did 16 
minutes next to clo.sing and made 
'em like it, although the last third 
on the balcony flight couldn't have 
been so well informed as to what 
was going on. Delving into the pic- 
ture hou.ses for the first time, Oster- 
mann had a lot of fun kidding with 
-Roesnep--and-=th e--m u si elans.. ln-.=lhe^ 
spacious pit, to which only the flrst 
few rows responded. Likewise, his 
fast delivery didn't always pene- 
trate even to the loge section. 
There's a big difference between 
4,600 and 2,000 and Ifcss seats. He 
likely found that out by Sunday, 
and that a picture hou.se. audience 
(Co.nUnued on page 55) 



40 



VARIETY 



NEW ACTS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



JAMES J, JEFFRIES (3) 
Pugilism ^nd Talk 
6 Mirts.; One and Full 
Academy (V-P) 

Jeffries is b;uTl; on his own hook 
without the aiil, more or losa, of 
' Jaeic Sliai'Ucy, . 

Act opens ii> one by Timh O'Priijii'.s 
introiliirtiou. Jeffries looks neat. and 
in iwi-feet- condition under a red and 
while .striiiiMi bnthrohe for a iiiinUte 
and a lialf of tallc. Short • und 
snappy, also sensl.bU>, advice for the 
. pareiiis to instru<a tlvcir boys in the 
■ m.'iiily avi. . "Xot as a profession, 
.t),ut fur i)li>-sioa]. advantages grained," 
or \v(inls to , tliat effect.; . Next into 
one, uiiere ..Teff, with his brother, 
Jacli. a'sM an ex-pu£?, illustrates the 
^ pum.liesjie.iised to k. o. yarious op- 
ponents, followed by three short 
rounds of sparring. O'Brien ac- 
conij)a.nics with side ispiel. 

A much neater turn thAn the Jef- 
fries-. ^liarkey try,, but with about 
the same comnlercial value; all de- 
pends on Jeffries' remaining popu- 
. larily and the localities.in which he 
. Is played. Here, on 14th street,. tl'icy 



MARIA VALENtE. 
Music and Dancing 
14 Mins.; FgH Stag© 
Palace (St. V) 

Miss Vnlente i.^ an imported tiji-n. 
Slie works in boy attire and is a 
raccful dan 

proficient nuisiclan .on the con- 
ertlna, one-stringed violin, xylo- 
phone and the spinning of musical 
)lates, . . 

A male as.sistant plays an accom- 



Blake is now heading an all-colored.] false whiskers, 
outfit, which carries the byline of 
•Shuffle Along, Jr.," after the pro 
duCtlQii tha,t brought SisSle and 

animeirt oil U^^^ , 
her Spanish dance, in which she . Eubie Blake here h^s the grqurid 
aridles a tamborine like a wizard. I work for a tab with which any time 
He al.so accompanies for her miisi- 

list ^"Sl iSaiStFoir ie Ja.,:s.e^ r>.h^ Into Itt, An oM *^ 

icroHS 'Mnfr while, cxccutlns *e.;MaJi«lc.!i*«lc.|>-li»^ 



oc'k steps. She .is a . good show- 
oman and sells everything .she atr 
tempts. A good novelty act for an 
early spot on the best bills. Con, 



GIRL VVANTED" (6). 
Sketch with Music. 
24 Mins.; Full (Special). ; 
Ehglewood, Chicago (V-P) 



ate. out of his hand. 



liitje- 



GEO. FREDERICKS and Co. (3) 
Sk;t'; with Songs 
17:Mins.; Full (iSpecia!) 
Gi^eelcy Sq. (V-Pj . 

;. Production skit, depending In 
large measure upon its scenic back- 
ground representing the. Broadway 
Limited streaklrig through the night 
to Chicago.. Obsei-vatlon platform 
face.s the audience. .The. sign reads 

. "Fredrieks Broadway Llmiled." 
Thi.s With an incidental; reference tQ 
the Penn.sylyariia Railroad indicates 
thieve may be a hook-up on the 
scenery... 

Action takes place in the re- 
stricted space of the observation 
platform. When four pieople occupy 
that apace the den.<»ity of population 
tends . to makes dramatics difficult 
and .wkward. 

J." Boy. 20# and girl, 17, are eloping. 
Train conductor sympathetic, father 
irate. The mbon above, songs of 
love, etc.,. 
■ I" Its present shape It drags and 
while obtaiining, laughs, act needs 
tightening up and deletion. The 
man playing the father Is Tom 
Tempest.^ Boy and girl .unpro 
gramed. 

The girl e-ssays considerable 
heavy vocalizing. Particularly when 
singing a ballad with interpolated 
sobs an impression: ff straining was 
.projected. Lighter numbers, or less 
arduous style of delivery might re 
lleye the voice tension. ' 

Production with moving cldud 
effects, et<5;. Is good vaudeville flash 
and .apt to draw applause.. Con 
dehsed and accelerated In tempo 
act should be okay. Obviously very 
new at the Greeley . Square but In 
dividual performances competent, 

J,and. 



EUBIE BLAKE and CO. (10). 
^'Shuffle Along, Jr." (Revue) 
1 32 Mins.; On* and Full Stag*. 
Jefferson (V-P) 

Assisted by Broadway Jones with 



LATHROP BROS, 
Dane** 

12 Min*.; On* 

PaUc* (St. V) 

Two unusually good dancers who 



I JAY 0. FUPPEN FROLICS, (unit), 
Songs, Comedy, Dancing, 
70 Mint.; Full (Special) 
Hippoldronn* (V-rP) 

J. C. Fltppen has abanonded cork 



.c^u^z^xr^^: :o^^o^ Su^ei^r^'^HSsri^^'is;: 

cer in addition to being after hfe and Noble^Sissie came to enfolded .'^^^^^^^^ 

the parting of vaude ways. Euble I dressing Is carried out with heayy l working chorus of 15. Several 

" ~ A bU of comedy Is Inserted when ot the girls are capable musicians 

tht pair announce\hey will sing "InJ ^"i'f^r'.^sUrfl^isS Tot ^,»^'' 
a Little Spanish Town." Halfway fve'r for a. slam finish. Act Is lav- 
rL _ ^,.^„v,fte+t.n ishly mounted, well staged and wi 1 

through the number the orchestra ^ v^ttu i,«„„ 

switches to a fast Jazz tune, but the ft Into any of the Keith houses, 
^ir >.se the same gestures and | {J^PjjIJ, * ""i^ and picture pohcy 

Scries of blackouts and bits, wise- 



worry^ 



Con. 



Their next dance offering Is an 
Blake presides at the piano and I essence followed by solo buck and 
that is where he is aces for he is wing and another double. They are 
one colored boy who know^ his prondent at all styles and class 
Ivories. In. this alct he goes In for | with the. best of the dancing duos, 
bnie fast key work following an Inr 
ti-oduction by Jones as to who Blake 

is and what he wrote. ■ I mii taHj r marled 

Blake has six gals most oC thetn MJJ I LTO N CHARLES 

hi • ydller an'd in addition to Jon^s "'^9?'''" 
who does vocal stuff barring an ex- K /Tl'^'" .p .-y 

change now and then of dialogue Ph'cago (Pets), Ch.cago 

With Blake, there are Marion and An idea for, organ presentation ijygj.g ^is songs and gags, Hazel 

Dade, dancers; Dewey Brown, that potentially has all the «ar gj^^jUgy^ Betty Veronica, Dorotliy 

comic, and Katie Krippen. ingenue, marks for creating a new and novel charles. Kddie Ross and James 



ly selected from former Broadway 
musicals, will Hnd a ready welcome 
among vaude patrons, . There isn't 
shot gun finish or a suggestive 
line in the lot. One, spotted in a 
bridal suite bedroom, Is done in 
pantomitiie and Is about the best 
of Its kind In the act. . 

Two of the comedy nunibers 
"Walking Dogs Around" and 
"Twenty. Years Ago'* were soptted 
in last year's "Scandals" and should , 
prove acceptable- novelty bits to 
the family trade. 

In addition to Fllppen, who de- 



Comedy sketch with song and 
dance . interp'ol.atlons,- produced by 
Nat Phillips. Looked pood and went 

over in this tough spot. 

Story of the old egg who likes hla I lUdke goes from son^s to dances I treatment for console artists In pic- I jjo^nelly acquit themselves cred- 
stenos willing, and g.ct.s into jams as and back again with a lling for ture houses. The idea was con- n^bly. . Whitney sisters, dancers; 
a result. Opening is a bed.room comedy through Brown doing a celved by Ted Koehler. song writer Rog^ii^ Milan, violinist; and Dor- 
blackout, with, a sweet and sinrple Johnny- Hudgi^^^^^ panto, and doing and arranger, formerly with Pelst. .othy Wallace also show to advan 
kid reading: the .egg '.s want ad and the cornet Imitation to big applause. Instead of the usual, pop selec- | tage in a pick-out numbei 
inging a number about her lucky Marion and Dade : ^ step to adr tlons plaiyed by the organist to the 
day. Change to full stage for a vantage while Miss Krippen has accompaniment of screen islides, 
futuristic office set with three girls plenty of chances to make good and this idea carries a hew angle of 
ntorviewed in turn by the s.a. de- I she does. ! ■ ! | songs and themes from current . or 



otee. One is a Y. W. C. A. gal, 
another is willing to. work the prop- 
osition but lacks looks, and the 
sweet and simple gets the job. 

While the boss Is out of the of- 
fice his son meets the new steno 
and cops on the spot. The old man 
squawks but is hushed Into -admis-. 
slon by threats of letting his ball 
and chain in^^on previous female 
trouble. 

Snitz Moore, who could be either 
Germ.an or Hebe comic, realizes suf 



TWO ACES 
Roller Skaters 

A.t the Jefferson the act rani over future film productions that serves [4 Wins,; FuH 
a half hour which could be chopped as one of the best, possible plugs for 
accordingly. As it Is the n^w Blake |. the" picture In question 



presentment carries a wallop. 

It closed the show with a hot 
finale.V . Mark. 



American (V-P), 

Male twosome oh ball 'bearings. 
On rise of curtain they are In mo- 



BILLV BATCHELOR and CO. 
'Nitscy da Clubsky"; Reviie 
1 17 Mins.; Two and Full (Special) 
Proctor's 88th Street (V-P) 



(4) 



Milton Charles, one of B. & K.'s 
ace organists, demonstrates theltlon and when, four minutes later, 
idea while maintaining a class at- the curtain comes down they are 
mosphere about him. The plugged still In motion. It's zip and go every 
tune la "Out of the Dawn " theme minute. Much of the stuff is. ap- 
number from "Warming Up," filni pla.use- winning including snap-and- 
attractibn at the theatre. Working break-aways and other skating 
up to this number are a number of gymnastics. 

Interpolated melodies from other -They dress poorly using funny- 
Speedy and breezy production act | pictures , with screen, sequences. | Ipok^^^^ 

a more masculine outfit. 

" Land. 



llclent with the boss 'parr but the with three femmes and two men. Charles handled the novelty with stockings. _ ' 
isketci) is copped by Colleen Mac. as Batchelor does a Russian waiter in Intelligence and dlstlnctiyeness. m favor of 



Houses Opening 



the young innocent. This Is her l a vodka night club. No story Is In- | evoking applaudltory comment from 
first stage work. She promise.^ eluded to bother the actors and slow his audience. 

plenty. Others stand up in lines and uP the act. It follows the "without Idea Is primarily built up by two 
specialties. Loqp. | ryme or reason'* Idea. Much of characters In scrlrn eltect on stage, 

the material Is smart and new. . . representing Miislc on one side and i gchumann-Dolgin interests will 
, Helen Carroll, .vigorous soubret, Drama on the other. Drama ex- 1 ^ ^^^^^ j^jj^^^^ jjj^rtford. Conn. 

VISIONS IN FAIRYLAND dances, sings and comics a bit. Bob [plains the -idea and Charles ii^^s-J^^ * 

Stereoptican- Effects Mazur dances In the acrobatic man- trates by use of organ and screen] t^1,„ ^ r-Prt-ir Rft.nida la 

17 Mins.; Full (Special) ner and at the finals skips rope with with rtumbers Including "Char- fit i jS, » 2 200 

Proctor's 86th Street (V-P) Ihls back to the floor, Ruth Granger. | maine" from "What Price Glory"; I oPe"^ Puhlix Sept. l as. a 



Pan «;fnnd nlentv of cutting Lan- and Dot Richmond form a sister [ "Diane," from "Seventh Heaven"; , , ^ v. , , 

temslldeS^fS effects wihwon^^^ of vo-de^o-do character and "Ramona," from the picture of the Universal theatre. Brooklyn be - 

tern slides^ tor eriects wun _w^^^ name: "Ane-ela Mia." from comes a link In the Loew chain of 



seater. 



nbsine against screen as part of add .some high kicks for good meas- same name; "Angela Mia." from 

&1n^ tnd.sc15.fi^^ Act"^ opens ure. "Street Angel'.'; theme number of vaudfllm houses Sept. 10. 

very slowly, following stage wait I'a.st tenipo and Batchelor's "Lilac. Time"; finally winding up Loew's new Fairmont, 

while machine is put in position in clowning/combine to make it a good with the featured tune. jvaudfilm and seating,. 3, 5i)0, opens 



Bronx, 



TOM and RAY ROMAIN (3) 
"S, S. HpneymoonV (Skit) 
20 Mins.; One and Full Stage . 
81st St. (V-P) 

. .The routine written by Milton 
Hocicey is built around the. idea of 
the boys being twins. Both have 
Just been married, but, having been 
separated for some time, neither 
knows the. other Is wed. 

Both couples board the same 
liner for a honej'mooiv trip. The 
boys are dressed alike and each 
bride takes the wrong twin for her 
husband. So both boys find them- 
selves, nearly flirted with on the 
first night of their wedding. 

It's a light little skit a-nd will get 
by. There Is a ^ong or two by 
Cha.rles Maxwell Smith, the theme 
number being "Happy with You." 
Beatrice Brady and Bee Paige are 
the brides, with Jack Ball as a 
ship's, offlccr.. . Ihee. 



footlight pan for operator to work 
from orchestra pit 

Series of hanging pieces, at least 
eight, rise slowly., one by one. as 
varied -colored lights play upon 
them. Only toward the end Is any 
thing like a real effect obtained, all 
the preliminary stuff being siiperfiu 
ous. Introductory speecii very un 
necessary. 

As a flash novelty with consider 



filler for the third spot on any aver- 
1 age vaude line up. Lar\d. 



RESTIVA 
Accordionist 
11 Mins.; One 
American (V-P) 

Conventional .accordion act plus 
clowning and personality stuff. Com- 
edy is not so warm but smile and 
manner are Infectious. On the 
Whole the personality angle Is prob- 
ably worth developing. 

Acceptable avera,ge deucer as Is. 

Land, 



CARNEY and JEAN 

uCom edy,^Danc i n g. , , 

12 Mins.; One 
American (V-P) 

Boy and girl .In bright up-to-date 
routine compounded of hoofing, harr 
mony, chatter and general kltbbitz- 
Ing. Boy Is bona fide stepper when 
aerloua. Girl dresses like a Jelly ^ 
Ibean's moll and leans to the cutle 
type. 

' It's, a plea.'»er all the tray. Land. 



KIRK and LAWRENCE 
Comedy 
12 Mins.; One 
Greeley 8q. (V-P) ; . 

Man and woman have created a 
dandy novelty comedy act by em- 



In all about seven minutes and Sept, 12. * 

interesting entertainment. ■ With the LoeW has taken the Capitol, At- 

community singing angle In picture lanta. G a., an^ started, a viud- 

houses to be recokened with as a flim policy Sept. 3. The Grand, for - 

drawing attraction, this new form mer Loew combo therp, playing 

of ehtertainmenf is a strong fdc- striaght pictures, • 

tor and one that other theatres may | Bergenfleld theatre, Bergenfield, 



be expected to' take up. 



ploying the trick dummy horses fa- 
able financial investment involved, I miliar to show business. Man does 
turn can. get by but speeding up Is a series of Impersonations of west- 



vital. 



RIMAC and PAOLINO CO. 
Dance and Instrumental 
15 Mins.; Three 
Broadway (V-P) 



Land. 



(4) 



ern characters. Jesse James, Sitting 
I Bull, .Buffalo Bill. AH nut stuff, but 
with a sense of mimicry. 
In working up the horse, rearing. 



GEORGE McCLENNON 
Comedian 
16 Mins^; One 
Broadway (V-P) 

McClennon is a colored comic un 

der cork, not new to vaudeville, 

having discarded his colored jazz j Manager 
band In favor of a single. The clar 



Loop. J., seating 1,200, vaudfllm,. opens 

Sept. 12. 

Pascack, Westwood, N. J., seating 
2,200, opened Aug. 30, vaudfilm. 

Palace, . hew 2,500 seater at Ber- 
genfleld. N. J., opens Sept. 8 with a 
vaudfllm policy.- 

Palace, Danbury, Conn;, vaudfilm, 
opens Sept. 6. Joseph W. Walsh Is 



bucking, neighing and doing the soloing remains . the Instru- 

other things nags do, the man has L^^^^^^j strength of his routine. The 



Bert Williams card game panto is 
an early feature. 



Palace, Rockvllle. Conn., has 
bpened. House operated by the 
Interstate Theatres, with Frank D. 
Synder manager, , 

Capitol, Trenton, N. J., playing 



developed quite an equine technique. 
Act was probably 'I'he RImacs I The ideas used here can be ex- 
previously, an Argentinian dance panded and elaborated and might 

team, featuring the South Amerlcian lead- to more Important-, things, i^a-i l> nhf fnr" flip — " 

native style of maxixe and other Meanwhile it's a good workable and straight pictures this 

danceS; Support Is male pianist I laughable routine of vaudeville j j^jjyy j^ pg^^iygg qj, j^jg g^g^^ j^,^^ 



and vlollniste who runs overlong on | nonsense 
her solos, 

The Rimac-Paolino team's Indl 
vldual style of stepping la the main- 
stay of the act. the Instrumental 
trimmings being' cjiiefly for /"stage 
wait purposes 

Closed here nicely and la a differ 
ent type of dance presentation, re 
lying little on setting and mounting 



Land, 



STACEY and FAY. 
Mixed Comedy. .-.^ 
13 Mins.; bne« 
Greeley Sq, (V-P). 

Thits niay br may not be new. 



The sinan talk g^^ all summer, 

'ere It not for the eccentric flodr ' 
1 whirling and stage mop-up ("ter- , ^^^j^ ^^j^^^ j^^^^^^ operates. 

Istomach like a whirling dervish, the I nnen^d 51^1^1?"^ 

'"McClfnno'n couTmake his darl- g^e. vaude. Three changes wee..^^^^^^ 
Ineting count for real wow results Ifl^oiise . Is operated by Mau.K. 

he resbrted to familiar Jazz classics P^r? V . . \xr....Au,^yu 

' Purchasing the old Woodlav\n 

theatre from Andrew KarJiaH, 



like .any of the Handy "bluea" or 



It I some of the wicked darky stomps 
which would Impress the mob more 



doesn't look It . 
Man straights for woman's dumb I than his technically Intricate . reed 
and principally on the dancers' indl- I clowning and panto. She is clever, work 

vidual style of perfonning. AbeL . but without material. Very fast In the deuce here he went all 

delivery by both, lots of it missing I right. Abel 
for that reason. . 

Fair mixed two-act where comedy 
is needed atid . reliable for small 
time. BiOQ. 



VALE AND STEWART 
Dances 
7 Mins.; One 



FOX and ROWLAND 
Talk. and Songs 
14 Mins.; One 
American (V-P) 

Two men. One afteets a German 
accent with the usual sputtering 
and hissing on the words as they 
=£all.^Both=slng.^^^VoIces-not-badi-l4=Tf^'T-^^ 
especially the bigger, who seems to ' 
have given his voice some atten- 
tion. He went into his range easy 
and without effort, the voice being 
musical and plea.«ilnff to the ear. 

Nothing unusual to the cross-fire 
nor the routine, patterned along the 
way of such combos. 

Did very well here, especially on 
the vooal routine. Marl:. 



JOHN QUINLAN 
Irish Tenor 
12'Mins.; One 
Proctor's 86th St. (V-P) 

Quinlah carries accompianlost and 
pre.sents conventional repertoire of 
tenor selections with the expected 
"l-ditty^about^Ireland^^-among^Hhom^' 
Voice is good .though not eensa- 
HooferS. Both boys juvenile In | tlonal, diction clear and personality, 



& K. has remodeled the large Chi- 
cago ho'use and opened It this wc i lc 
with straight pictures under name 
of New Maryland. B. & K.'s Tivoli 
is right around the corner. 

Riverside. New York, closed over 
the summer, reopens Sept. 17. 

Fifth Ave., N. Y., resumes itf» 
vaudfilm policy, Sept. 17. 



BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Al White, daughter. 
Aug. 30, nt their- home In Freeport, 

:.L=-.T An o th cr-^dau gh tccJls.^J'XiiEiL 
old. 



appearance arid dressed alike. ROu 
tines run along hard shoe lines, tap- 
ping done neatly. 

Neither is a 8en(dational stopper 
such as one generally finds in the 
straight dance combos. Each does 
a single flash, effective but that's 
all. Well received here. Mark. 



poise and appearance all favorable. 

Was received Indifferently at this 
house diie to a possible lack of 
showmanship In staging although 
such lack was not con.splcuous. 
Over-long opening number prob- 
ably hurt. Shorter and possibly 
•lit>h(f^r ."^on.gs sxiggested. Land 



Jack Sanson of Manelu^tei- 1".'- 
comes manager of the Princ^'-ss, 
Hartford, ,Conn.. succeeding IIi'ih'>' 
Needles, who goes to the Itet^:''- 
opening Labor Day. J- A. Cuu'- 
mings succeeds P. W. Anderson as 
manager of the Lenox in the srun-j 
city. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VAUDEVILLE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



41 



PALACE 



tcntate's throne room are origlniil 
and effective conouptions. Tlu' 
(St. Vaud) * I "lUgoletto" quartet in siniukued 

Monday night at the Palace the ))aolc-yaril £ouo<i serenading by four 
noasants seemed to be suffering from fclinos is' in keeping with the gon- 
hysterical turpitude. They failed to oral artistry of . the proscntaiion. 
respond in the usual peasant man- piiss GraccUa Is a graceful, lithe and 
ner to the cracks of Ma,estro Bernlc lissome danseuso, and her parinfr. 
and Trlxie Fi-iganza probably shed looking well and. not over-muscii.'tl, 
a few ounces before sho nailed them, is an eyualiy engaging sitage porson- 
Trix is breaking the jump to the. ality. 

Victoria P^tlac^i London, at the cor- I'rinceton and Yale in the irvy 
her this week. She was full of laryn- iiav.e resurrected an old name. Ho- 
gitis Monday night but finally pulled cently, Jack rrincoton has been bill- 
enough tricks but of the bag to in- hng his fomme straiglit as the "oo." 
sure safe returns. At night she was- and her contribution about merits 
number four, moving up from next that denotation.. The Kelly's Sink 
to closing at the matinee.. ■ nite.club idea, good only as an ideii, 

Jim Toney and Ann Norman were is po(j,.ly (developed tl,i,ouyji l^.^nal. , ^ „ - - 

switched from fourth to next to clos- jncipt. and home-made paraphrased hookers. Do small-time a-cts blind 
ing after, the matinee; It was (,(),.„(,(-ly pol,.j^g Q^ y^^g.^Ypg hj^p^.,^^!^^^^^^ absolutely to any and 

thought that Toneys cracks tooK f,^j^.^j,jjj^^,g; ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^le '.•have- all other phases of. the amusrmont- 
tho edge off the Maesti-o s, but iH you-a-reservation; do-yblv-think- purveying business? Don't they 
didn't , make much never- mlna.v at J. -Indian"- old bdys,:Princeton'^^ ' • ■ ' 

night. Tbney and JNorman copped [ pjupablo desire to register with tho 

mob fetched, the usiiai • mob, an- 
^ ^w-. ..«*«„;-ot5^« 1 tUJii-tlVy to an overzcalous performer. 1 ------- - , — , 

■e-fire gags, characterisation \' more he strives the less thev h^vhen an .act has,. evidenced po.ssibll 
and the funniest drooping ^^^^J^^ ^^^^^^^^^ as far back as four years ago 

fall in captivity The last^^h^f of e'nt^y'^^^thaps PrSc^tirl ""l^. 
his act is a single, Ann disappears fli„a;i) 'd at thp "ool.l" Mondav mat vancemcnt, but has backslid, ^.^^o 
and is half way. to the apartment j Jj'aPPed^^^^^^^ least, on the current 



BROADWAY 



(Vgudfilm) 

SlKuldy vaudeville -^t the Broad- 
way ihi.s Avcck, mediocre in <iualiiy 
iind spdity in its mild highlig^lus. 
l!iz n, s. g., either, after a .stmng 
mat draw, the asecnding humidity 
as tlip day grew old counting against 
llic night's gross. 

The acts have been around before 
ill tlie Loew and kindred family 
luMi.^vs, and their experifuco socnis 
to evidence so little ihiprovipment it 
makes one wonder if all acts are 
content just to do their three or four 
frolics a day for so many weeks a 
R(!asoh, providing that minimum 
"lime" is forthcoming from the 



realize there are lilcture houses and 
are productions complete secrets to 
tliem? This willful negtect or ig- 
norance is the nioro' reijrettable 



They can follow any ballad singer 
and wake an audience up. 

N'eat and classy, if at times a bit 
X\ A.i.«h in ilieir clowning, are Car- 
ney and Jean (New Aets),. Mignon, 
familiar Loew iMiTiiit single, did 
Will wiih hiM- iiniialions. 

Kraiik v^inchiir i'o. was the other 
act in i'\iir stage. This turn is not 
new aUhough at l(>ast one, and pos- 
sil.ly all of the . three girls are 
freshly recriuted. The girl recog- 
nized hnt nut fully ideiilifled is Mis.'^ 
Aubn-y. fnrmei ly with the Kolli. and 
Dill production of "Queen High." 
It's a pleasing paUtt* conicdy girl 
act; ("iood laugh.'* and . c'cver ;peo- 
lileCombine for class, Sinclair is 
from : "•nattling IVutler" and other 
produ>"tiohs. •'Co.'^sacks" i M -("!> fea- 
\\\V(\ Main nooivsolid. .. T.nnd. 

JEFFERSON 

(Vaudfilms). 



81st STREET 



(Vaudfilm) 

Fairly good attendance fi>r a 
humid " Labor Day nigiu M-»naa>, 
the holiday scal«-> of a bui k ti.p be- 
ing, ch.ar.ged. Show not anii'sing. 
Fact was that from the rr-.w section, 
one got hot and bothered having to 
watch it. Giggles nearly zero. Line- 
up mostly hooling. 

Tinova and l^aikoff, ' adagio leam 
with an act built around them, 
topped, going (o close a fVvc-act 
show. They h.ive been nionk<>ying 
with (he act. since opeiiitig several 
weeks ago. Trying to speed, the go- 
ing in the slow spoti5, it is slower, 
than. ever. Olemori Tayloi"., tenor, is 
oiit. A singing arid dancing, coiue-i 
(lienne l\id is ip instead, , and slie- 
did very well. This girl has .some- . 
thing, and with handling should 
land; in the legit. A violin' ."^olo .froni 
the pit didn't mean a. thing. Tinova 
and Ha Ik off did. ver>- well wi th the 

AV.ih the Jeffbrson tr.Mug to Krniine Hunt," was not n.Milv a 
in a long, .show and- as many people (vfftij.tive. . 
as possible bn a holiday call the Anna Doherty and J(>an P.reen, 
shbw ran very late. A six-act bill ion just ahead, scored best, through 

that consumed the titne of an eight- J^i'^^ .^^^^^^^ ;arouml. She 

oo 'S a mature dame and makes no 
to the -.J- 



e 

as 




nurchasine an awful lot of show at M^e™Psey long count, were not par 
th6se prices" and are beginning to tlcularly pat or pithy. His partner 
demand high test gas. Ask Mr, Tex al.so, in need of an improved make 
Rickard. | up, was a lyric secret with her bal 



eh questioriable material as the abetted by Charles Sargent and Burt Reading and Toddy Hoyce.' ' They 
,g about 26 cats, on a back fence, are neat hoofers all, and the boys 



lange 

SUf 

viuxt"lTrt'""Th6 answe^^ after I Iii the Jeff show ending its vaude I in hand-to-hand acrobatics make 

. one" The gag about one's lap at 10..42 p. m. with the picture, "Kit that stuff look easy, they did it s6 

The bill opened In a blaze .Of rlsley lad. In» the chanteuse opener, m U^rhlCh pops up in the rear and goes Car.son" (Par) to run through seven neatlj'. 
tumbling with the Six Galenos, do- French lyrics, it niade no difference, gncler another name isi also as-you- reels of celludoid, it was on a late Tom and Ray Remain (New Acts). 

" "" ' " like-it. hour basis compared t9 Its vaudfilm Sj^oAv'a Hawalians, on first, did well 

_ , i The other is Zelda Santiey, who neighbor up the .street, the enough for th© .spot. The picture 

held aloft on a two-high. They negative. The prima has . been k ^^^^^^ ^^.^j^^j^ l^jlg g^dvancemcn section had Will Rogers in a short, 

have an amazing routine of sure-fire around quite some time and .while gjj^^g J920 She still does the La | The Labor Day show proved good ] "Roaming on the Emerald Isle," and 

lethargic curfrs. — u i^.,* 1 

Lathrop Bros. 

male dancing duo. w.nii a .acnosi v. ■ ^.-mut^ uci Jkci^ci lum; Tvim. ouic-nnr I ^pjyjPQ ^ ^ ^ 

comedy, deuced, followed by Maria | familiar standards— including "I^o- Lj^gj., acting in dramatized pop bal r. music, songs •nd dances to a<i<^V rkrtr-k^'r«^»»to «.»r«.wa 

lads. . paprika w-ajs satisfactory. / | rKOC 1 OR 5 86TH ST. 

Lewis Brothers opened with hand I Aussie and Czech opened. This 



routine oi sure-nre arouna quiie some time ana wnue .^^^g jggQ She still does the La The Labor Day show proved gooa vKoaming on tnc J<;mera id .Isle," and 

looking better than ever, having lost -D and what may be new is not entertainment and had plenty of the featiirie was Fred Thompson in 

(New Acts), nice the old avoirdupois and also Hslit- consistent with the comedy, a raft of hoke stuff, rough "Kit Car.son". (Par). . Jbce. 

6. with a sense • of ening her repertoire with . sure-fire {^^j^^pQ df the times, going, in for clowAing and fuJt patter, and with , —, -r- 



Valcnte (New Acts), a European mona" and "Song of Songs"— her 
entry, that registered • satisfactorily, soprano top registers were 'shrill 



Trix next, the first comedy entry, and flat. Likewise her bre&thmg !r,n,.i,,c: George McClennon (New act moves along with neatness and (Vaudfilm) • 

and they needed her. Her strip ^vas exaggerated for purposes of ""Tl y with the man showing Kth.el Waters* double entendre . 

changes were a wow. . A new one is enunciation, and grated the ear. .. the deuce Nat C Haines, with a amazing skill with the bull whip, seemed out of place Monday 'after- 

. .._ _ t,„4.i-i — con- Donal Sisters, hand-to-hand and Q-^i^g 'company comprising with the standout the .flipping of the noon, before a capacity audience 

lyr^<^ head-to-head acro-femmes, opened vira Rial Helen Gero, Carmen Gra^ handkerchief out of a pocket on the composed . largely of woinen and 

J^o" an <1 pleased. nada Ben Wells and Ted Kent, is a woman's shirtwaist. That looks diffl- ch^^ 



the winner of a bathing beauty con 
test in Weehawken . with a 
which said that she probably 
it because her's was the only chest 
big enough to hold tlie word Wee 
hawken. "She had two big brown 
eyes," with the accompanying ges 
ture was another dlaphram laiagh. 

Bernle closed the first half. He 
opens with the band, behind a scrim 
drop, all but the two piano players 



Big Tilz with an all-afternoon line- 
up, Abel. . 



ACADEMY 

(Vaudfilm) 

Lots of incentive for theatre at- 



c irioAis admixture of hokum, trav- cult and ticklish. Sargent and Lewis this direction was her 'Hlandy Man!' 
esty burlesque and what have you? have improved. Art was never seen song and her "Take It Where You 
Built for laughs it garners them in to better advantage. Songs, musical Got It Last Night," u.sed as ah en- 
a measure- against a flimsy sketch stuff , and igags went over with a core. 

background. The juv, as he flits wham. . "Visions in Fairyland" (New Acts) 

and . floats about the rostrum, . is Following the Sargent and Lewis opened and used 15 minutes; Act 
strictly so's your old man! He cleanup cam© Sol Gould and Co., Is too long and to slow. Inveat- 
reads his lines abominably, and | ^,ho bowled therh. over with familiar | ment In .scene.i-y appears consiuer- 

ojector 
the 

„ , . Ing 

cialties. The Maestro is singing I and Movietone stuff and playing I snickers. ° - I son and the musical work and aero- from the trench. 

now. He sang "Crazy ^ Rhythm," U-ight into their back yard with Mitchell and Dove were follow^ batic dancing of the girl were well John Quinlan (New Act.s) did not 
and nothing untoward followed. He James J. Jeffries. L, ' Llovd Ibach and his Entertain- received. The Cameron act was voted meet with the customary success of 
also introduced "insihration as 1 -d,,* « •»> +vi« o/Min<) 1 -"'"^^ . ^- a — ^ t_ 1 t, 1^^.,.. v,^*^^^ tvia <-t-?»v_ i t>.{»v> t^i^^^„ • u . 1^ , 

from "itere'i 

LeBlang run. -xnoae wuu 1 Academy's program mignt nave i j^jjjjn., herself — - - 

stood hinti liked him, and the music ijpgn infinitely better; however, g^j.g.nyQ^,g solos, and the Lewis participated. I selections. His opening number Is 

was approved unanmiously. with the four .flash turns, the fea- hgj.othgrs ^eat soft shoe team. The Scott Sanders scored heavily with lengthy, and that may be defeatist 

After Intermission and an inter- K^.^ j^^d a sug.gestlon, at least, of ^i^j^utive Mils Gillen .seems to U^Is two characterizations of the old in effect. Much better than the 




f uniowaru '^'^ James J. jeirries. Lloyd Ibach and his Entertain- received. Tne Cameron act was voiea meet with the customary success of 

Juced 'Insihration ^ jam-up in the sound featured among whom are Ann a laughmaker long before the trav- Iri.sh tenors. He has a good voice 

s's How," which had a j^ppj^^atus at the show caught, the Q.'jjgj^ energetic tapster who's esty barber-shop chord routine of and a nice personality, which re- 

iin. Those who under- l^^ademy's program might have i^MjinoJ herself off with the three hoke, in which Sargent and Lewis duces the mystery to a question of 



v"^" v.w^.w.. . j.enrnjs Kx^cw /vv^ia^ gnouin urge ner 10 uauhuh. siae, nas -rw..^ .v...... v , t> ^i.^— - — - - 

voices blend pleasingly and tney y^^^^j^g^jjl^.j^j^gj. sQn^e.^l^at un- jj .people versatile band en.semb^ . Maznr, Ruth Granger and. Dot Rich- 
have- an excellent assortment _^ot g ^ ^^th Jack Sharkey with the featured three, dancers en- , . Blake and his Negro turn n^^nd, Miss Carroll can read Hhosei 
songs. ''Aifk-Me Another.''J'When^j^^ The jazz .^owed ' ' ' ' 



We'l•e 'Married,'^ "Notorious Womcn ^jj. ^ j^ig brother. Jack, while h,and octet is equally divided- as to 

and the opening song, all cuciteu .O'Brien, the coast film guy sex. The coon -.shouting gal who 

nicely. They built to two-bow pro- pr6moter, continues as Jeff's fakes with the fiddle for effect fools 

portions. , I manager and announcer. A. crack no one, and should be coached along 



Mark. 



Don 



Toney and Norman next and then ^^^^^ ^,1^ jast Dempsey-Tunney af- those I'ine.s. Ibach has the right idea 
on Lee and Mile. Louise, supported j^.^ during the ex-champ's speech hn camouflaging her with the band 



by Hear Trudina and Allys Wilson, ^^^^^^^ brought forth cheers, as did personnel, the girt lacking strejigth 



yca.st cake ads and laiigh, having 
an abundance of red corpuscles, ag 
reflected by her peppy style of 
working. Act runs about 17 nriin- 
utes and holds to a. fast tempo. 

Robins and .Tewctt were a .substi- 
tution for Shampain and . Triplets. 



GREELEY SQUARE 

(Vaudfilm) . 

Labor Day went double for mixed.rTliey 'a^g 'no'r.a clo^^^^^^^ 



closed in a dancing act that held 1 ^^jj^^.^^ j^j^j^g^j^^^g^^gj^^ tj^at jef- ^ a^^ a straight soloist. The band U^Q.j^pts at this six-act grinder, beyond their depth, Qne of the men 
them in unusually well. It was a jj^..^^ -^vill . be 53 this week. He header himself contributed a satis- K^^^^. j^^^^.^ ^^^^ oversupply of achieves what he ahnounces as B 



tough assignment but the opening 
got 'em. Con. 

STATE 



that sort on.the books. ^They tossed J^t^^-'o^gwa^ R^p 



• (Vaudfilm) 
The extra frolic on the Monday 
holiday speeded up the five acts to 
play within one hour which is great 
time and produces a right, tight, 
bright and snappy vaude section. 
The acceleration of the tempo 
through time limitations alone saved 
the show, the house relying overly 
much on the "Ramona" feature and 
cheating on the quality and quan- 
tity of the vaudeville. Were it not 
for this circumstance, considering 
_ -,seyeral_of^tho. mediocre QOmponohts 
the State holds this week; it would 
have made for a sluggish ensemble, 
especia-lly in view of the flicker fea- 
ture's own mediocrity. How much 
"Ramona," the film, o,wes to "Ra- 
mona," the song, the Del Rio- Ca- 
rewe-U. A. interests will never con- 
. cede to the music, publishers al- 
■ thotigh disinterested shpwnieir have 
long^ since concurred on the favor- 
able advance ballyhoo the song sen- 
sation created for the picture. 

Glenn and Jenkins, toplining, with 
the class adagioists, Oracella and 
Tiieodbre,- in the closing groove, were 
I he sole mainstays of the stage por- 
tion. The darky comedians now 
carry an anonymous third member 
who transmutes to the rostrum the 
colored bootblack dance fol-de-rol 
so often encountered in Washington 
and Baltimore. The lad's rhythmic 
business enhances an already worthy 
eotnedy team, although Glenn (or is 
it Jenkins?) has developed an un 
pleasant habit of clearing his throat 
in exaggerated stressing of his com 
ody=points.--It--fall3-hatusIily- onJluk 
auditor's ear and Isn't ncedod. They 
slopped show cold, 

Gracella and Theodore, formerly 
In one of the "Vanities" serie,«!, are 
cla-ia terp interpreters. Their ar- 
tistically conceived and executed 
loutine can play anywhere. Tlw 
I ndiiin legendary creation, and the 
^l.Tve girl dance in an: Oriental po- I 



neither looks nor acts his>age. C,om- factory banjo solo 

pared to the Jeffries- Sharkey turn, Migg Santler, with Alfred Barton. , h-,o flr«f hilf I ' 

Jeffs present single effort has bet- Lf the ivories, credits Harry Ruskln three of them into the first half | screen 
tor routining as its only advantage, for the special songs. She was show here, \yhich was bad enough 
That's the score from a perform- easily the individual strength of the before some dodo spotted them one 



for a 
the 
7,f( nd. • 



anco viewpoint without counting 
the pugilist's ability to draw. 

Nothing unfamiliar in the remain- 
ing three acts. Marvel, the deaf 
mute dandei-, continues with an ex • 
ccllent fiash turn. No outside an-, 
nouncement of the whirling step- 
per's affliction, thougTi that iloubt- 
lessly counts niore at thie b. o. when 
accentuated than for Marvel with 
the audience once they're inside. 
His current company and produc- 
tion is new, but not far away from 
the - dancer's previous one . ..to, he 
rated a new act. Very clever single 
girl eccentric dancer, fair prima and 
0 mixed couple assist. Male of the 
latter once appears as an atmos- 
pheric cop for the Apache number. 
If cops walk that way in Pans, they 
must also fly. . . 

Jermann and Green, girl and boy 
hoke team, were the legit -comedy 
winners on the bill and walked off 
with a speech rather than encore. 
In contrast Romaine and .Castie, 
two-man affair in cork, took three 
encores when only one was timely. 
One-half of this turn is ultra -fan-- 
tastically garbed, and that alone 
sell.s the act. He just showed em 
the outfit in the two supcrflous ap- 

Silent newsreel d'^ox) of six sub 
jects preceded what should have 
been i talking trailer . for -Four 
Sons" (Fox), the coming atti ac- 
tion Niles Welch's lips moved, but 
to the accompaniment of the gallery 
wolves. The Movietone news went 
similarly on the blink and was cut 

subjf-ct (.sl^i I'V 90V Gi^P") 
then ri;:ht into the feature. By 
his time, the gimmick had been 
Sed, so "Angel" ran otT with cor^ 
rect -synchronization. 

With the feature to goal the 
v.-oni'-n and Jeffriei to attract the 
nMs th-v halinay. what^ronld 
be sweef.nr for hii.'^infss tf^9*^ 



bill, but after a sample of the sur- 
rounding frolic that's little distmc- I 
tion, indeed. Rimac and Paolino Co 
(New Acts) closed. 

Out of the Ruins" (Barthelmeas) 
feature. A^el 



wo-three. To a booker who u.ses a 
mixed team in the middle of every 
three-act bill at Skweedunk it 



AMERICAN 

(Vaudfilm) 



LINCLON SQUARE 

(Vaudfilm) 

N(jt enough comedy In this show, 
would have looked like a bad dream, for this spot. (Jood crowd afonday 
^lex Melford Trio, familiar and afternoon with holiday and rain 
stfmWrd ooened Over okay. Fol- helping; Five acta and "IJeau 
towed the' p.Vrade^^r^^ guy-dame Broadway" (M-G) in the " ..oreen 
turns, section. 

Potter and Gamble, man at piano Gordon's Dogs, entertaining ca- 
, . ,^ 1, I onfi hinnde hoofiine it besides singing nine layout, had male trainer. 

The cobwebby old squawk good and b onde .-^ne" opened and delighted the kiddles 

acts but not-so-good «^^;,V down ^rop c"rrS. and the opening song The tralncr'.s. .small talk counts for 
tributable Monday night . ^wn- L"^^^ -The girl - finishes' nil, but the animals are there and 

stairs to a somewhat less hacknpyelT ^^'^j^A^'^number with two .choruses of -well trained 

cause, %y'f-^..\T^l)}f^^ eot be- tap dancing: She needs two new. Roy , Eyans, working in , high 
graphy. The ^t^ltfnt never got be L.^^t,„pg continue w-ith three, brown, deuced- it to fair results with 
s,!,"cLSion'S - fi^'^^^^^^^ Personality .^negativ_e^_whe^^^ sonft. aTid planolog arrangement. 

show seem sii .. , ^...^^ 

Opening act was in full .stage and Memory tells he worked with an- 

it was about an hour and a na-lf gome time ago,^ with the , ... , , . , . • , 

before , the customers got another ?ormer prtriner more of a songstress with a PO^-pourri of cl0Wmng,-.danc. 
peep. . and lo.s.s-dancer. Or it might be the 1^^^^ 

.J. . * i^..KA^^*^\^v \^W.^^L Z\r-\ r^vimrrAa style that can't mksfl With the hearth 

That opening act, incidentally, i.s same girl changed. clintcra Bovs are eood steboera 

only four minutes in length but stacey and Fay (New Acts), the J^^^^"" voun?er chart^hoW c^^^^^^^ 
every second of it is in third speed, second mfted team, on just hefore a Jj'^ J^^^^ 
Two Aces (New Acts) is the name Uittb combination, Matthews and PJ^^^^T-Jlc Prom^^ 

v,r.v.v.v I A.,^-„ T ..ft,.^. v>ott«r /»f ih<» trio I now nc s rcire.sning, out nasn i quite 

le.s; Pop does a 
goes into a fast 
, A bit shoddy 

cordionist of personality. He has | rather listlessly here. M^trhewsand | In routine, but the family angle, ^ets 
dim perceptions 



and roller -skates are their hobby. U yens. Latter the better of the trio, r;^- ';^ " '-^^^^^^^ 
only suggestion is that they dress Their special materia s remains ef- ^^''^^^^^^ 
differently. K^'^^tive, but not as, it should have 

Restiva (New Acts) is an ac- been, because they seemed to work I ^cropatic lor .tmisn, j 



of Bhowman.ship but Ayers have shown big-tlnae quality '■"cfn- 



no certainty In technique. In the 
charitable name of constructive 
criticism wrath will be withheld on 
some of the alleged comedy he is 
now employing plus the Pollyanna 
thought that he should keep trying. 

Dalton and Craig, smart cracking 
mlxpd 'twosome,--liad-no-oppo.s.Lt-lon<= 
I-'arrell and Chadw^ick, whose styl* 
of working possesses both the power 
and the noise of an aeroplane motor, 
buzz-sawed, roared, zoomed and 
crashed to a solid hit. Sen.sitlve 
nerves might grip seat arms In de- 
fensive apprehension during this 
two af't, but no one will ever yawn. 



for years without ever making more I O'Rourkc and Krebs, nHxcd team, 
than a tiny dent in the large circle, were spotted next to shut and 
Prof. Van Horn has dropped his clicked on s.mg.s. Jlut they'll have 
former first name, Bobby, but uses to brush up their cliatt<-r and niug- 
Ihe same monolog and practically gi'ig I'Ofore the act amount.'^. Die 
the s.ame munical numberis. He is nmgging i.>< especlMlly .overdone, 
considerably better now than when O'ltourke has apiiearance and a 
in- -.hlar:kfae-p. .- Ne.vr-r -m ore -tha n_a. ..cf). rk i n g v o i/ie^.j w h 11 e . the j^jn AH a 

eutc tri'-k and .«ings afi-optaoly; 
With new ni.iterial tlic youngstors 
could go f.-r, but as is tlwy're not 
slmng fnt)ugh for this .>;pot-. 

J-'crvu.'ton-Dcr V'al Hevue, dancing 
flash fe:i luring a nii.\"d team , sup- 
male .-i!i'-''j- and pianist. 



so-so buy, but suitable for this time 
Elton Rich, with about the same 

group of girls (4) and flash turn as 

formerly, closed. Well liked, 

"J'.eiiu Broadway" and newsreel 

both M-f^M. Only spot ih the 

proxiinitv of Times S*). that wasn't irf-i-i"l L.v 



h"!diiii; ih"rri fiwi. 



iy,!i<'. I < lo;-f d wiMi the u«u;il » o-itine. A'tZta. 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



PRESENTATIONS-BILLS 

NEXT WEEK (September 10) 
THIS WEEK (September 3) 



HOUSTON, TEC 
MetropoUtan (8) 
'Pagoda Land' Vt 
Adler Well & B 
Irene Taylor 
Smith & HadUr 
Gua Mulcay 
12 Chestcrettea 
rOB ANOEUB8 
. Doulevard (Sl> 
Red Corcoran 



Shows carryinff numerals . such as (9) or (10) Indicate opening next Rick & Snydw 



week on Sunday or Monday, as date may be. For this weelc (2) or (3) 
with split weeks also, indicated by dates. 

An asterisk (•) before name signifies act is new to qlty, doing a new 
turn, reappearing after absence or appearing for first time. 

Pictures include in classification picture policy, with vaudeville or 
presentation as adjunct. 



PARIS 

Week of Sept. 3 



Casldo de PUrif 

Valentine Sayton 
Lollta Mas : 
Conchlta Vila 
Jack Porestcr 
H6nry ■ LaVerna' 
Wllklns & Klloy 
Boris 
Piisquall 

Tamamia & Pred'll 
Xi Tiller Qirla 
Ulnon Querald 
Jackson 

Andreas-Clement 
Peplta Liopez 
Maria Benltdz 
Carmen Mora 
Rachel Dubas 
Meret-Rahzdna 
Brault-ChlbaefT 
Paul Cason Bd 

Cirque (I'lllver 
Fratelllnl 3 
Ferezoft Tr 
Belling 

A Carre's Horse* • 
Australia Tr 
lattle & J Walker 



Wlllos' 3 
Matisen 3 
. Jardiii n'AccItma^ 
ti»tlon 

D'Jeliiinko 
Roy us S 
Cftrlnls 2 
HoUs Bros 
Mylos & Coco ■■ 
Mile Cordlou 
Gauthlor 
Mtss Edith 
PhIvIo' 

Cholot's' Horseg 
Olympln 

Sllvestrl Co 
FelmelB 3 
Whyss Tr 
Hollandia 3 
Roger Car.tier 
RoSlta Barloa 
IssalofI & Bclaaky 
Kitty Marr 
Boldlvera & St'lk'ff 
Benedict & Palazzl 
Odette Garoet 
Budett 
Jan Stick 
■Rlmlnay 



Geoffrey ■ Luck . 
•Marie Gbode 
Geo D Washington 
Foster Girls 
•Water Hole" 
Rosy (1) 
Henri Theri'lon . ■ 
Patricia Bowinain 
32 Roxyottea . 
Beatrice .Belklh - 
Harold Van Dur.oe 
Hasoutra 
Hubert is 

Hubert Lefx & T 
Helen Gray 
Elsa Green well. 
Bobbe ' London ' 
M Vodnoy 
Sarah EdWarda 
"Pazil" . 
CHICAGO, ILL. 
Avalon (1) 
Roy Dietrich Bd ' 
Murray & Allen 



(1) 

Ted Claire 
Al & Bay Samuela 
Paragon '4 
George Riley. 
Helen Heller 
Marie PaUli 
Wlllard Hall . 
Edward Hill 
Gould Girls' ;BaUet 
"Cardboard Lover" 
BIRM'GH^M. ALA. 

Alabama <3) 
'St'ps & St'p'ra' U 
Ruth Roland 
nomay Bailey 
Charles Huey 
Glenn & Jenkins 
BOSTON. MASS. 
M«tropoIltan (7) 
'Paul Whlteman 
(31) 

Gene Rodemich. 
Art . Prank 



LONDON 

Week of Sept 3 



FINSBVRY PARK 
■ lEmpIre . . 

Bid Pirman'a Bd- 

Lena King 

Clarke & May 

Jazz & Jessie 

Kent &' Bernlce 

Dolly ElsswOrthy 

Jackson' Owen 
, HACKNEY 
' lOmplre 

Paul Galley ' 

Fordham.BroB 

O'Neir Sis . 

B«rt Coote 

LONDON 
Alhambra ^. . 

June Dancers 

l*ell McKay 

Oeltner Tr 

Jack Barty 

Byron & Byron 

Carr Lynn 

Green Wood V 
'Coliseum 

B- & L Gillette 

Howard &. Kliiff 
. Fordham' Broa 



D'lln & N'mchln'va 
Claudia Coleman 
Victoria Palace 
Will Hay 
Cecil Cunningham 
George & Butcher 
Zoman 

Victoria Glrla 
Huxter Broa 
Tarsey- & Scott 
P & B Bostock 
NEW CROSS 
Empire .. 
Shake Y'r P't Rev 
SU'PH'RDS BUSH | 

. Empire 
Irish Aristocracy 
STRATFORD 
Einplre^ . 
Ayre & Chllda.' 
Bert Erroll 
Dickinson & Culver ] 
Con Ingham 
Rube Bloom . 
Spyras 
WOOD flREEN 
Empire 
Somisthing In Air 



Pliiyin? HereoboutA thU (Sept. 3) 
Week 

BEI^A BERKES AND HIS ROYAL 
HUNGARIAN GYPSY ORCHESTRA 
Playing at the Estate of 
MRS. ELMER SCHX.ESINOEB 
Port' Washington^ L. I.. 
PHILLIPS ond SHELDON — 

LOEW'S Universal, Greeley Sq. 
ELBROWN — ii O E W'S Universal, 

Flushing . 
PAULA and AL BLUM— LOEW'S 

American (Last Half) 
JONES and JONES — L O E W'S 

Flushing, Grand 
JUNE MAYO— Hurtlff S; Seamen's 

Apollo Theatre 
KATHERINE UimN^Falals D'Or 
OLIVE and O'BRIEN— Palais D'Or 
SALVO, and GLORIA— Palais D'Or 
BARBARA LA MAY— Palais D'Or 
KAY XAZELLE— Jardin Royal '■ ' ■ . 
HORTENgiE RAGLAND— Janssen's 
Hofbrda ' ' . ' 

Placed by . 
ALF T. WILTON. Inc. 
1560 Broadway Bryant 2027-8 



PROVINCIAL 

England 



ABERDEEN 
H. M. 
Aloma ' 

ASDWICK GBISr 

Empire . 
Flobrle Porde ■ 
Anna. Louis S 
a Eddies 
Oladdy Sewell . 
Valllcre 

. T^acRae & LePort . 
Harry Gunn • 
Jamea .Hunter 

BIRMINGHAM 
Empire 
"Will o'W"sp'rs-Rev 

Grand 
Tlppofary Tim R'v 
BLACKPOOL 
Grand . 
Interference 

■ O^iera House 
Hit the Deck 
Palace 
FloVrle Porde 
Nixon Groy 
4 Adionas 
Pi^laco Girls 
■Fred' Decuha 
Dalton Sis 

BRADFORD 
Alhnmbra 
Jack W^ynne 
Phyllis & Giles 
Moris & Cowley 
Frank Melbourne 
Welsh Miners . 
Hatch &■ Carpenter 
Strceth & Streeth 
Athol Tier 

BRISTOL 
nipi>odrome 
Van Dock 
Whit Cunllffe 
Fay re 4 . 
' Rolf Hanseb 
Blgannys . 
CARDlfe' 
Empire 
The Desert Song 
CHATHAM 
Empire 
Love & Money. ReV 
. CHLSWICK 
. ' Empire 
' Chinese Syn 
Valiiere 
Hale Sla.. . 
Miimmlhg Birds 
3 Eddies 
Horace Kenney 
Norman Carroll 
GLASGOW 
* ISmpO'e 
Formby's Nite Out 
UANLEY 
Grand 
Between . Ourselves 



Sunny 



HULI, 
Palace 

LEEDS . 
Empire . 



Bentel & Gould '■ 
DeCarloa & Louise 

Capitol (i) 

Del Laniipe Bd 
L Goodman Choir 
'King of ' Kings" 

Chlcagb (1) 

"Xylophonla" Unit 
H L Spitalny Bd 
Chester Fredericks 
Prosper & Ma'ret 
Musical Johnsons 
Poster Girls , « 
"Excess Baggage" 

Granada (1) 
Benny Meroft Bd. 
John Steel 
Jimmy demons- : 
Stutz & Binghami 



'Sawdust Paradise' 

State (10) - 
Qulran Sc Marg'rlte 
Fuzzy Knight 
Maxlne Lewis 
'4 Walls" 
(3) 

Eddie Dowllng 
Jas F Hanley 
Kate Smith . 
"Cardboard Lover" 

BUTTALO, N. T. 
Baffalo (1) 

.'Babes on B.'y' Vt 
Du Calllon 
Collette Sis 
Helen !Honan 
Freddy Bernard 
Sally Starr 



Un Vent de Folle R ciemons & Marcey Electa^vHavel 



Boyal 

Oh Kay 

LEICESTEB 
■ . Palace 
2 Bobs 
WlllHay 
Harry Herbert 
May Henderson 
Fayre 4 
Gelther Tr 
Max Wall 
Van Dock 

Empire : 
Topsy & Eva; 
MANCHESTEB 
Hippodrome 
Arthur Mack 
Victor Andre. 
Pannle Ward 
Bolls ■ 

Dawn & Marvls 
Palace 

Show Boat 

NEWCASTLK 
Empire 
Lady Mary • 
NEWPORT 
Empire 
Going Strong 
NOTTINGHAM 
Empire 
Johnny Jonos 
Stanelll Si Douglas 
lO^Ix>onle0 
Jack Le Dalr 
Russell & Vivian 
Edwin Lawrence 
Beth Chains 
Burr & Hope 
Royal 

Thark 

PORT.SMOUTH 
Royal 
Alibi . 

SALFORD 
Palace 
O S Melvln Co 
SHEFFIELD 
Empire 
Billy Blue Rev 
SOUTHSEA 
King's 
Jick Hylton Bd 
SWANEK 
Empire 
Norris Girls & Max 
May Henderson 
Pred' Barnes 
Pronk Van Hoven 
Courad'3 Pigeons 
Flotsam & Jctsani 
Lily Morris 
Kasac 3 



Harding (2) 
Stop I>'k Llst'n* ur 
Mark Flaher Bd 
P'derlcka & Dabn'y 
Limb'rl'gs Edw'rds 
Pauntleroy & Van 
Athlone 

Laughlln Dancers 
Drums of Love" 
Murbro (1) 
Charley Kaley Bd 
Kiddies' Jazz Rev 

Norsliore (2) 
"All Aboard" Unit 
F Masters Bd 
Clifton & DeRez 
J.lmmy Lyons. 
Billy Myers 
Gordon & King 
Vera Van 
KoslofC Dancers 
'Garden of Eden" 

Oriental (2) 
'loy-Hot Jazz' Unit 
Al Kvale Bd 
Ormonde Sis 
Bob LaSalle 
Ray Sheldon 
Bonnie 
Billy Meyers 
Abbott Dancers 
"Oh Kay'; 

Regal (1> 
Fesa Wllllama Bd 



Irene Wolf 
■ First Kiss' , 

I<afayette (1) 
Joyce Lando Co 
Dwyer & Edwards 
Jolly 4 

"Scarlet Lady" 
CIJIVELAND. O. 

State (8) 
'Harem Scarem' tJ 
"Oh Kay 
COLUSIBUS. O. 
Ohio (9) 
'West Point' Unit 
"Two Lovers"' 
DALLAS. TEX. 

■^Palace <8) 
'Hey Hey" Unit 
Gibson Sis 
Jack Powell 
Geo Glvoe . 
J Boyle's Girls 
DENVER, COIfc 
Denver (7) 
'Swan6e Moon' XTt 
DES MOINES. lA. 

Capitol (1) 
'Rio Romance' U^t 
Paul Kleman 
Canslnoa 
Amata Grasse 
Joe Penner . 
Johnnie Diinn 
Leionora'a . Girls 



Al & Louise W'lker 
22 Blvd Beauties 
'Loves of Actresgi^ 
Cartlmy Circle 
(Indef) 
Photophone 
Carll Elinor Orch 
VLlloic -Time" 

Chinese (Indef) 
Tropics Prolog , 
Vltaphone 
Prince Lei Lanl Tr 
3 Brox Sla 
"White Shadows" 
Criterion (31) 
C BakallenikofC Or 
Street Angel" 
Kgyptlan (31) 
Benny Rubin - 
Bessie .Love 
Jere Dolahey ' , 
Jue Pong 
'Red Dance" 
iHMtw's State (31) 
'Up In the. Air' Idea 
Al Lyon • 
Cliff Crane 
Brooks 3 
Doris Whltmore 
18 Stilt Girls 
"4 Walls" 
Metropolitan (31) 
Swanee Moon" U 
Herbert Rawllnson 
Jack. North 
GUS.& Will 
Loralnne Tumler 
Chariio Chesney 
C'tt'n BI'ss'ip Girls 
The Fleet'ri In" 
United Artist** 
(Indef) 
Rounders ' . 
Flora Valerie ' 
Fritz Von Debrula 
Two Lovers" . 
Warner Brothers 

(Iiidef) 
Leo Forbsteln Or 
Xi'rry Ceballos Pres 
Enchantment 
James Burroughs 
Tommy Atkins • 
Doris Walker 
Alice Weaver :. , 
Sally. & Ted 
Pearl 2 
VltaphoniB 
Wanda Allen 
The Terror" • 
NEWARK, N. J, 

Branford (2) 
Al Belascb 
Nan Blackstone ' 
Peggy EameS. ' 
Murray & HeniT 
Hunchy Griff 
Jack Pepper C« 
"Oh Kay" 
NEW HAVEN, CT, 

Olympla (31) 
."Blossoms" Unit 
Ch<fet Martin 
Tex McLeod 
Marjorle Tiller 
Walter Smith 
Helen Kennedy 
Foster Girls 
First Kiss" 

Palace (2) 
HS-ry Qlrard Ens 
Frank Dobson Co 
Jerome Mann 
StanlejA Kern 
Kath«Mn Rose R'r 
'Beau Sabreur" 
' Sherman (3) 
(3oldle & Ray 
Inado StS 
Perfect Crime" 
NEW ORLEANS 

Saenger (8) 
Bernle Bros 
Rltz Bros 
Moore. Sis 
Miss Irwin 
Charles Joller 
DePaco 

OMAHA 
Bivlera (7) 
"Nick Nacks" JTt 
Phil Lampkln 
Winifred M Mllfai 
Loora Hoffman 
Lee 2 
Karavlef 
Foster Girls 
P'L'D'LPHIA, FA, 

Carman (S) 
Lean & Mayfleld 



lAdella * Logan 
Doris * Florida 

Debutates 
'Virgin Hps" 

Fwr's (t> 

Mlgnon Laird 
Joe Tounv 
4 Pages 

O'raldlne Imperlo I 
Roadhouse" 

. Fox's (») 

Harry Rose 
Rankin & Lester 
Dave Rublnoff 
Sylvia Froos 
2 Aces 

Bnld La Rue 
Jobn Maxwell 
Marietta 
River Plraite" 

Qtanler (2) 
Gomez & Wynona 
Freeborn's. Frolics 
Ched Freeborn 
Verna Shaft 
Dancing Rockets 
Loves of Actress' 

PITTSBURGH. PA. 

Penn (10) 
Wfnd'rfl Girls? V 
'Camera M^n" . 
(1) 

B't'rsw't Blues' U 
Freddy Joyce 
Deszo Better 
Wllaon & W'shb'm 
Grace Du Faye 

Cardboard lK»ver" 

Stanley (2) 

L A F Berkofl 
Gertrude Berkoff 
< Berkofl Girls 
Warming Up" 

PB'VlDENCB, B.I. 
Fay's (3) 

Jack' Russell Co 
Ford St RIcketts 
Shaw &' Morris . 
Emmett A King 

Casting Stara . 
'State Street Sadie' 

S'N ANT'NlO. TX. 

Texas (8) 
Roman Nights' U 
Russell & Marconi 
Xiasaiter Bros 
Frank J . Corbett 
SAN FRANCISCO 

Granada (31) 
Frank Jenks Bd 
Glenn Goft 
Johnny Perkins ' 
Louella Lee 
Al Gale 

Joe Keith Dancers 
Cheer' Leader's 4 
"4 Walls" 

St. Frnnds <1) 
M BramnilUa Bd 
'King of Kings" 

Warfleld (1) 
Rube Wolf Bd 
Chaz ' Chase 
Cat Norris Co 
Doyle & Karlln 
Dorothy. Adair 
Vtlma ' Bushman 
Centipede Beauties 
•The Fleet's In" 
ST. XOUISi MO. 
'Ambassador (1) 
Step This Way' U 
EM Lowry 
"Night Watch" 
Missouri (1) 
Frank Fay' 
"Mating Call" 
W'SHlNGrN, D.C, 
B F Keith's (8) 
Florentine Choir 
Irene Juno 
"King of Kings" 
(1) 

Btorentlne Choir 
Irene Juno 
"King of Klng^' 

'Earle (1) 
Harry Fox Co 

Fox (8) 
Jos La Rose Pres 
Meyer Davis Sym 
"River Pirate" 
(1) 

Jos LaRose Free 
Meyer Davis Sym 
Erie Titus 
"Street Anger* 
Palace (8) 
•Tarlslan" Unit 
"(Cardboard Lover' 

"Teeing 9fr' Unit 
Wesley Eddy 
Rome & Dunn 
Earl liaVere 
Duffln & Draper 
Alice Wellman 
Gamby-Hale Olrla 
♦farming Up" 



Potter A Gamble 
Bobby Van Horn 
D White's Hawks 

(One to fill) 

3d halt (1«-1«) 
Gordon's Dogs . 
Fein & Tennyson 
Leon .& Dawn 
Bison City 4 
F'rgus'n Del-Val R 

Orpheum 
Is't half (10-12) 
Bee Jung 
Vic Laurla 
Milton Pollock Co 
Ross Wyse Jr Co 
Memories' of Opera 

2d half (13-16) 
Wills & Holmes 
Bud & Elinor Coll 
Keller Sla & Lynch 
Jones & ' Rea 
(One to fill) 
State (10) 
Serlahya 
Rae H Ball & Bro 
Smith & Allman 
McL'ghlln & Ev'ns 
Dooley' & Sales 
F & M Brltton Bd 
Victoria 
1st half (lO-lZy 
Gordon & Day 
Geo Lyons 
Jones & Rea . 
Riot of Rhythm 
(One to nu) 

2d half (13-16) . 
Van Horn & Inez 
CAN Fletcher . 
Carney A' Jean. 
Emil Boroo 
LeVarr Bros A P 
BROOKLYN 
Bedfonl 
1st half (10-11) 
Melva Sis 
Bill Casey 
LeVarr Bros & P 
M'ran W'rner A M 
Crisp Sis 




Ch'f Eagle Feather DETROIT, MICH, 

— ' ■ Capitol (2) 

"Cairo" Unit 
Del Delbridge 
Billy Glason 
Darling 2 
Al Norman 
Helen _McParland 
■"Cardboard Lover" 

Hollyn-ood (3) 
Seymour Simons 
H'Uyw'd S'y'k Or 



Picture Theatres 



MEW YORK CITY 

Capitol (8) 

"Rhapsody In Red 

W ft B" Unit 
Walt Roesner 
— — Capltpllans- 



Chester Hale Girls 
*0!:xceas Baggage" 
(1) 

"Oddities" unit 
Walt Koesnor • 
Capltollans . 
. Jack Ostccitian 
Roaeray & Cappela 
Frank Stever 
Ruby Keeler 
Maxine Lewis 
Chester Hale OlrlS 



Paramount (8) 

"High Hat'* Unit 
J Coogan & Dad 
Art Frank 
Ginger Rogers 

.AUcejaoy^ 



Chief White Elk 
Marshall Rogers 
D'ave & . Tressie 
Teddy Peters 

Rialto .(3) 
Bascope. 
Gerald &..Hoag 
Senate (2) 
'Frisco's crt'n' TTt 
Jack Kelly Bd 
Mr Wu 

Prank "Mellno Co 
'Drums of Love' 

Sheridan (2) 
Verne Buck Bd 
Janton Sis 
Walsh A Clarke 
■\Vlllie. Lang 
Stratford 
2d half (6-8) 
M Hillblom Bd. 
Ted Leary 
Edgar Bergeitt Co 
A & G Blum 
Capman ft Peters 
Briscoe ft DeLorto 

Tlvoll (1) 
'Seolng Things' U't 
Les Kll<^lc^ 
Jaclc. Joyce 
Castleton & Mack 
Allen Raymond 
Pollcia Sorel Glrla 
"Warming Up" 
Uptown ' (1) 
■ "Sunny Skies'! XTt 
Bennle Krueger Bd 
Morris Colieano 
Bobby Ollbcrt 
Myrfio Hayes ' 
Willie Robbin 



NEW YORK CITY 
Amertcoii - 

lat half (10-12) 
Campbell .& Brady 
Morris A Rapp 
Artie Mehllnger 
Morgan ft . Sheldon 
Swartz A Clifford 
Romas Tr 
(Two to fill) 

2d halt (tS-l«y 
Bee. Jung.. 
Harris A Peppsr 
Blue Slickers 
Lum A. 'White 
MlUon Pollock Co 



Bd Sheriff C« 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-1«) 
I Arnlms 
Ted Marks 
Cantor A DuVal 
H'wthorne A Cooke 
L'ngt'n Bishop's R 
(One to fill) 

Grand 

1st half (10-12) 
-Wills A Holmes 

Nan Blackstone 
Gary A Baldl 
'Sid Marion Co 
(One to nil) 



Johnnie Berkes Ce 
Revue Fontansy 

CANTON, O. 
lAtew's (10) 
Raffln's Monks 
Oscar Orogan 
Saxton A Farreil 
Donovan A Lee 
Pejer ft Lang Or 
CLEVELAND, O. 

Granada 
1st half (10-12) 
Les Jardys 
Shelton Bentley 
Radio Flin 
Edge A Mcda 
Theo Bekofl Co 

2d half (13-16) 
Hack A Mack 
Ryian ft Roas 
Hamilton SIS ft F 
Frank Terry 
Raccooners 

Park 

Ist half (10-12) 
Hack ft MAfk : 
RyAn A Roas 
Hamilton. Sis Sc F 
Prank Terry 
Raccooners • 

2d half (13-16) 
Les Jardys 
Shelton Bentley 
Radio Fun 
Edge & Medd 
Theo Bekefl Co 

COLUMBUS; O. 
State (10) 
Wilfred DuBdls 
Meehan ft Niewm'n 



Smith A ColtoB Co 
(Two to mi) 
YONKERS, N. Y. 
Yonkers 
1st half (10-11) 
Emllons 

Sh'n'n A Cerlo B's 
Snoozer Jr 



McLallen A Sarah 
F'rgus'n Del-Val B 

2d half (13-lG) 
Gordon ft Day 
Singer A Lightner 
CUft Dixon Co 
Bennett ft Ricirrda 
(One to Qll) 



OFFICIAL DENTIST TO THE N. V. A, 

DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 

1560 Brosdwavi Bat 4eth-47th 8U.. New Y«rt 
Ttilt W««k: MaxiNs Dawti; Wm. Cahill 



Keith's 



NEW YORK CITY 
Broadway (10) 

Milton Berle 
Bowtfian A Kemp 
(Others to nil) 
(3) 

Geo McLehnon 
Nat Haines Co 
Mitchell A Dovs 
Ibach's Ent 
Zelda Santley 
Chester 
lat half (10-12) 
Cannon .A Lee 



Chevalier Broa 
S'ym'r Putn'm ft B I Chlsholm A Breen 
Stateroom 19 Co Zelda Santley Co 
R Whitehead Co" Oscar Stang Or 
Radio Fancies 2d half (13-16) 

CORONA. I* I. I PProthy_Lund Co 



ist half (10-12) 
Gautler's Toy Shop 
Bud A Elinor Coll 
John Barton Co 



LYONS & LYONS 



AL MELNICK 

Mr, Melhlck, well-known Chi- 
cago Tauderllle, formerly of 
the Simon -Agency, Is now uso- 
elated with Lyons A Lyons In 
New Tort. Mr. Molnlck's ei- 
pert knowledge of TaudeTllle 
and the vaudorllla field makes 
It 7«ry. WDrtb-wIille for acts to 
leei mm concerning as much or 
lltHe open Unte. ai daslr«d. 

LYdNS & LYONS 

PABAMOUMT SUG.NCWYOU 





2d half (13-16) 
Winnie ft Dolly 
Seymour A Cunard 
Rayniond Barrett 
Milo 

(One to nil) 
46th St. 
1st half (10-12) 
Van Horn .ft Inez 
Jerome & Ryan 
Clark ft Bergman. 
Emll' Boreo 
Lorraine & Minto 

2d half (13-16) 
Sembla Broa 
John >. Bar ton Co '■ 
McLallen ft Sarah 
(Two to nil) 
. Gates Ave. 
Iflt half (10-12) 
Downey ft McCoy 
Georgia Hall. Co 
C Emmy's Pets 
Fatrlcola 
Miller Sis Rev 

2d half (13-16) 
Gary A Balldl , 
Lewis A Dody 
Ed Sheriff Co 
(Two to nil) 
Metropolitan (10) 
B Anderson A Pony 
Myrtle Boland 
Clifton A Brent 
Princeton ft Jale 
Al Herman 
Marino ft Mona R 
Oriental 
1st half (10-12) 
Alex Mclford S 
Will J Kennedy Co 
Lytell ft Pant 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
The Emilons . 
Potter ft Gamble 
Shar'n Stephens Co 
Plsano ' ft Devlin 
D White's Hawks 
Palace 
1st half (10-12) 
4 Kadex 
Konosan 

Campus Frolics ■ 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Ambler Bros 
Rooney Sis Rev 
(Three to fill) 
Premier 

1st half (10-12) 
Ponzinl'a Monka 
Singer ft Lightner 
Jones & Jones 
Smith Colton Co 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Alex Melford 3 
Geo Fredericks Co 
Dbnla ft Pillard 
Lorraine ft MInto 
(One to nil) 



JACK L. LIPSHUTZ 



Tuesdays < 

"^w'vitr TAILOR, 908 Walnut St, Phila. 



Lloyd ft Bryce 
That Charm 4 
|. PIckard'a Seals 
Bob Clanke 
"Foreign Legion" 
Grand Riviera (2) 
Keystone Ser 
Elmer El Qleve 
M'ran Gr'm'n ft W 
Esman & Grant 
"Ramona" 

Michigan (2) 
'Harem Scarem' XJ ' 
Harry Savoy . 
Helen Swan . 
Bduard Werner 
"First Klas" 
EV'NSV'LLE, IND. 
Victory 



Tom Rons 
Victor Henry 
Gamby-Hale Girls 
"Heart to Heart' 
(I) 

•P'rls'n Nitca* Unit 
Paul Ash 
Henry Mack 
Williams Sis 
Gretchen Eastman 
Rex Mara 
Mario Remo 



2d halt (6-8) 

JlpAujjaubln^lxla^lJ^ailLjfc 
"■Warming' TJp" . Hurin & Nee 
ATLANTA, GA, I Seashore ' Romance 



"Cardboard Lover" Michael Alvln 



Howard (3) 

"Jems" Unit 
Dennis Sis 
Ray SchuHtor- 
Dave Rublnoff 
Cask In 

Burns ft KiBsen 
BALTIMORE. MD. 

Century (») 
"Teeing Off" Unit 
'Out of the Uulns' 



Walsh R'blns'n Co 
liOs Jorays 
IT. ^VORTH. T'X. 
AVoKh (8) 

■•Arahy" Unit 
llorls P(»tri)ft 
Midnight . 3 
Olorsdorf Sis ■ 
l'''auntioroy & Va,n 
nita Owen 



Gautler's Shop 
(Two to nil) 

Boulevard 
1st half (10-12) 
S Arnlms 
Clark Morell Co 
Geo Fredericks Co 
Hall ft Dexter 
Julian Hall Co 

2d half (13-16) 
Jack ft J Gibson 

3 Ryans 

Morgan ft Sheldon 
•Tones ft Jones' 
Carnival of Venice 

Commodore 
1st half (10-1» 
Ambler Broa 
Ward ft Fields 

"0"-YeDmttw="ft Lizaiis 

(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Mili'r Edwr'rd^i A M 
Snoozer Jr 

4 Kadcx 
(Three to Oil) 

Dcinncey St. 
lat half (10-12) 
The Stubblenelds 
3 Ryans 
lieon A Dawn 



Albortina Rasch Co Harris ft Pepper 



2d half (13-16) 
Crisp Sis 
Natalie Alt Co 
Flaming Youth 
Fatrlcola 
Zlmmy 

Oreelc^ Sq. 
Ist half (10-12) 
Osaka Boys 
Eoston ft Howell 
Bison City 4 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Downey A McCoy 
Tat Ling Sing 
Frank Sinclair Co 
Jerome ft Ryan 
(Two to nil) ' ,. 

Lincoln Sq. . 
_l8t,half (10-12) 
"Winnie" ft Dolly 
Seymour ft Cunard 
Fratik Sinclair Co 
Donia A Pillard . 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Osaka Boys 
Crelghton A Lynn 
M'ran 'Wrner A M 
(TWO to nil) 
' National ■. 

1st half (10-12) 
HAM Scrantoa 



Hawthorne ft Cook 
(One to nil) 

. 2d half (13-16) 
Ponzinl's Monks.. 
Geo Lyons. ^ .■ — - 

Will J Kennedy Co Jack Waldron 



Will J Ward 
Sol Gould Co 
Danny Small Co 
Gladys Delm'r B'ys 

2d half (6-9) 
Danny Brown • 
Edith Bohlman 
Brand's C'rr'll A M 
Mitchell A Durant 
Polar Pastimes 
Coliseum 
1st half (10-12) 
W Frledlandor Rv 

2d half (13-16) 
Marie Valentl 
Faber A Mclntyre 
Foy' Family ' ■ 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Jack DeBcll Co 
Dolly Connelly 
Watson A Cohen 
Brown Derby Or . 
(One to nil) 
81st St. 
Ist half (10-12) 
Violet Singer 
Along Broadway 
(Three to flll) 

.2d half (13t16) 
Zelda Santley 
(Others to nil) 
2d half (6-9) 



ATLANTA, GA 
Grand (10) 
Kuma Co . 
Meyers ft Nolan 
Millard ft Marlln 
Rome ft Gaut 
Pred Rich Or 

BAY RIDGB 

Loew's 
tst half (10-12) 
Setnbia Broa 
Milo 

L'ngt'n Bishop's R 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Morris & Rapp 
C Emmy's Pets 
Artie Mehllnger 
Riot of Rhythm 
(One to fill) 
"^BmMlNGHSM^ 

lioew's (10) 
Selma Braatz 
Henry Regal ' Co 
Wilson Bros 
Johnny Marvlrt 
Lowe ft Sargent R 
BOSTON. MASS. 

Orpheum (10) , 
Nelson's Catland 
Bobbe ft King 
Richy Craig Jr 
Bernlce ft Pansey 



Lytell ft Faiit 
(One to nil) 
EV'NSV'LLE, IND. 

I/oew'a (10). 
Paull Broa 
Maaon & Gwyiine 
Blllie Taylor Co 
Syd Lewis 
Violet Joy Girls 

FLUSHING, !„ I. 
Prospect 
1st half (10-12) 
Nathans ft Sully 
Helen Morattl 
curt Dixon Co 
Glenn A Jenkins 
Zimmy 

2d half (18-16) 
Stubblenelds 
Kramer A Fields 
Nolai A W St Clair 
Kramer A Boyle 
Leviathan Bd 
HOUSTON. TEX. 

Houston (10) 
Frahklyn ft Royce 
JAR LaPearl 
Raymond WUbert 
Lillian Morton 
Dolan A Bongcr R 
JAMAICA. L, I. 

niUslde 
1st half (10-12) 
Aerial La Vails 
Crelghton A Lynn 
Keller Sis ft Lynch 
Lewis A Dody 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Romas Tr 
Na'n Blackstone- 
Clark ft Bergman 
Glenn A Jenkins 
(One to nil) 
MEMPinS, TRNN, 

I,oew'B (10) 
Bardelongs 
3 Vagrants 
Grey A Byron 
Lewis ft Ames 
Whirl pf Splendor 
MONTREAL, CAN. 

Loew's (10) 
The Zleglers 
June ft Jo 
AUon ft Norman 
Billy Farreil Co 
Harry Hlnes 
Perezcaro Sla Rev 
NEWARK. N. J, 
St»»te (10) 
Alpine Sports 
Grace Rogers 
Goaa ft Barrows 
Kemper ft Bayard 
Eddie Mayo Gang 
NEW ORLEANS 
State (10) 
S Nltos 

Duel De KerekJ'rto 
Bro,wn ft Birm'h'm 
Olcott A; Lee 
Leonora's. Co 
TTORFOLK. VA. 
State (10) 
Romaine ft Castlo 
Mary £- Ann Clark 
Wm & Joe Mandell 
Private Slilck 
fOne to nil) 



Jean BedinI Co 
Weston ft Lyons 
Modern . Cinderella 
(One to All) . 
. Fordhnm 
1st half (10-12) 
Faber A Mclntyre 
Foy Family 
Marlon Harris - 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Lucille LaVerne Co 
Medley ft Dupres 
Le Paul 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (6-») 
Falls Reading '& B 
Doherty ft Breen 
Scott Saunders 
T'inova ft Balkoff 
(One to nil) ■ 
Franklin 
1st half (10-12) 
Hughle Clark's U't 

2d half (13-16) 
Polar Pastimes 
Moro ft Pedro 
Chaa Marshall 
B & J Brown 
Jack Wilson Co 
Along Broadway 
2d half (6-t) 
Vic Honey 3 
Violet McKee Co 
Sargent A Lewis 



Henry A Stafford 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) . 
Aussie A Czech 
Murray & Irwin 
M'rice Samuels Co. 
4 Flashes. ' 
(One to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Depford Sis 
Moro ■ ft Pedro 
Leave It to Ruth 
Ross ft Costclio 
The Cruisers 
Royal 
1st half (10-12) 
Rodney ft Gould 
Clarence Oliver Co 
Walter Walters Co 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Chevalier Bros 
Nat Chick Haines 
Bob Miiliken 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Irma Milo Co 
Lang Bros 
Lavine Evans Co 
Sp'no'r ft Williams 
Hollywood Ent 
CONEY ISLAND 

Tllyou 
lat half (10-12) 
Max ft His Gang 
Moro 'ft Pedro 
Zermaine ft Parrar ' 
Nelson ft Knight 
Polar Pastimes 

2d half (13-18) 
Cannon :& Lce 
Nat Burns 
Chlsholm & Breen 
Gordon & Walker 
Henry & Stafford 

2d half (6-9) 
Aussie ft Czcck 
Demarest & Deland 
Dale ft Wendt 
Wm Ifcbbs Co 
Jean Schwartz Rev 
FAB KOCKAWAY 
Strand 
2d half (13-16) 
Seror Bros ft Sis 
McManus ft Hlckey 
Keo Takl ft Tokl 
Dale ft Wendt 
•Lou lloltz 
Kerr ft Weston Rv 

2d half C6-9) 
Rekoma & Xioretta 
Jack Lee 
Padlocks of ld28 
(Three to nil) 
BROOKLYN 
Albee (18) 
Le Paul 

Gaston A Andre 
Helen Menken Co 
I Aaronson's Bd 
Frankle Heath 
(One to nil) 
(3) 

4 Uessems .t 

Keo Takl A Tbkl 
JSarl Lindsay Rev 
^Hedley A Dupres 

McCarthy Sla 

Leonard's Orch 

(One to nil) 
Bushwlck 
1st half (10-12) 

Robey A Desmond- 

Jean Granese 

(Three to nil) 
2d half (13-16) 

Stella Rose 

Burke A Durkih 



EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED 
GARMENTS FOR GENTLEMEN 



BEN ROCKE 



1632 B'way, at 60th St., N. Y. City 



Princess Pat 
4 Camerons 
Euble Biake Co 
Hamilton 
1st half (10-12) 
Arms A the Girl 
Scott Saunders 
Jose Bohr Co 
(Two to pU) 

2d half (13-16) 
4 "RiijahS 
Bobby Q'Nell 
KIrby & Duval 
(Two to 1111) ■ 

2d half (6-9) 
O ft Joe . Martin 
Radio Chums 
H B Toomer Co 
Fred Ardath Co 
Copenhagen Capers. 

Hippodrome (10) 

Euble Blake Co 
Prank Gabby 
(Others to nil) 
(3) 

Jay C Plippen Unit 
JefTerson 
1st half (10-J2) 



4 Uessems 

PAIi'SAD'S PARK Mildred Feeley 

lat half (10-12) Toto 

J A J Glb3oh Chas Marshall Co 

Phil "ft K Howard Medley ft Dupree 

D' Andrea ft W'lt'rs Kerr ft Weston Rov 
(One to nil) 2d half (13-16) 

2d half (13-16) Hughio Clark's U't 



Atmand ft Perez 
Konosan 
Cnmpus Frolics 
(Two to nil) 
TORONTO. CAN. 

I^oew'a (10) 
Kate ft Wiley 
4 Eton Boys 
=R"_nd^.^ienL 
Welsh ft Hills 



Makpr ft Rprtford R 
WOODII'V'N. L. I, 
Wilbird 

1st half (10-12) 
Gordon's Dogs 
Natalie Alt Co 
Williams ft Clark 
Blue Slickers 
(One to fill) • 

2d half (13-16) 
Georgia TT;ill di 
Jloss 'VS'j-se Jr Cs .ia>'k Wilson Cs 



2d half (6-9) 
Harry Carroll Unit 
Palace (10) 

Kafka Stanley ft M 
Powers ft Wallace 
Mlchell ft Durante 
Winnio Lightner 
Ben liernio Orch 
XO-thera ,t o JJD ^. 
(3) 

Trixle Priganza 
Butler ft Parker 
Mnrie Valentl' 
Gallcnos 

Toney & Norman 
Harrington Sis 
Bon Bernie Orch 
Regent 
1st half (10-12) 
•Dorothy T<und Co 
Violot McICpp Co 



(Three to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
A ft G Falls 
Perle Fran its Co 
Raymond Bond Co 
Walter Walters Co 
Hayea Marsh Rev 
Madison 
1st half (10-12) 
Aussie ft Czeck 
Gi'dys: D'lmar Boys 
B ft J Brown 
Van ft Schcnck 
Lea Galen OS 
(One to ifill) 

2d half (13-lS) 
Violet McKce Co 
Toto 

Roger Williams 
Nelson ft Knight 
4 Uessems . 
(One to nil) .. 

2d half (C-9) . 
Max & His Gang. 
Murray ft Irwin r 
Chas Marshall Co 
Bmmctt O'Mara 
Joe Laurie Jr 
Henry ft Stafford 

Orpheum 

lat half (10-12) 
Nnt Chick Haines 
Bob Miiliken 
(Throe to nil) 

2d half (13-lG) 
Rodney ft Gould 
Robey ft Desmond 
Jean Grannso 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (6-9) ■ 
Shreck ft D'QrvllIe 
Cowan & Gray 
Plfher ft Hurst 
Bernard ft Roll.md 
Peppino ft Cnrthl 
"^OriVraelT'^^^-TSStHcr- 

Will J Ward 
Jimmy Uoonry 3 
Prosport 

let half (10-i:i 
Ling Sing 
M'rice Samuels Co 
McManus ft lUckey 
4 Flaahea 
(One to nil) ^ ,^ 

2d half (le-H^ 
Mnx * iris Ganc 
Lido Boys 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIETY 



43 



I.ontlnl Co , 
DemarcHt & Dcland 
Ofloar HtiinB Orcb 

2a halt (C-0) 
Hrililpr & 13nilly 
j.cru St Sponcov 
H MontBomery 
.lean Granesp 
soror Bros <k Sla 
AKRON, 6. 

1st half (10-1-2) 
Gautler's Dobs 
Johns & Mabley 
Khy thm Boys 
raflno do I'arlB 
(Two to nil) 

2(J half 03-10) 
Aileen Coolc 
Foray the & Kelly 
Pq. Marcos ; . 
Kay & Harrison 
. 4 P.alls ■ 

2d half (6-9) 
. iillly Co 
I^oula IjO'nuon 
Jittvana Uoiinil 
Ana'rs'n & Uonnott 
Koyal Scotch Syn 
(One to fill) 
BALtlMORK. M» 

llliu»oilrome (3) 
Emery Sis 
JuBBllne' MuBanns 



2(J half (6-3) 
4 Dalos 
Polly &. Oz 
Countess Sonla Co 
John IrvlnB Klshor 
Al K Hall Co 
Gwynno ( o 

DKTROIT, mUII. 
Hollywood 

•ist half (10-12.) 
Tvetto RiiKPl 
Boyal tJnstioinPS 
(Thrco to fill) 

2d half (13«lfr) 
Irfint? Kioardo 
Al K Hall 
(Thrpp to nil) 

2d half ^C-H) 
Keno & tireen 
Roy Rnicplc , 
(Thrco to nil). . 

liptown 

Jst halt (10-1 2) 
Del Orlos . 
I^eon T-ftonard Co 
Treno RI.ci.nlo 
Crortlnl 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-1.0) : 
Kvorelt Sandcrson' 
Tali-"nt fk jVlcrlt 
Yvef to Rupel 
NeptUho 5 
: (Ono to; nil) 



Booking with Loew and Picture 
Theatres 

CREATORE&LENETSKA 

1560 Broadway, N., Y. C. 

Bryant 0779 
V. S.— See U9 for "TalUJtsB." 



Pall Mall 
Parisian '4 
Homer TJnd Ilcv 
N^w finrdonfl (10) 
hcnav'o Girls 
SarBCn't. * T.ewts 
Chase & Collins 
4 Camerons • • 
Tsa KranuT 
(3) 

Cannon I.<c.e 
KoRors & Wynn 
Joso Bohn Co 
Wliran Rhaw 
MorRan & Sheldon 

BlIFFAtO, N. Y. 
WIpiiodMume (10) 

Brcen T:.aUard Hr B 
Charlotte & X-eah 
Joe Howard 
Ken Murray 
Webb's pnt 

^ (3). . : . ■ 

Tjbcltett St Pa'Be : 
B St. - M Dul^ont 
0 Brown Bros ' 
Biirkc & T)urkin 
Smith & Hart 
CANTON, O. 

iBt half (10-12) 
Sliaplro & O'Malloy 
Brems Fltz & Mur 
(Three to niU ■ ■ 
2d half (13-lC) 
Elly , 
DiiFor Boys . 
Thank You Dr 
Roy Sm.eck 
(Ono to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Tjewla Wyman. Bd 
J & B rape. 
That Charm 4 
H & F Seaman . 
Merle ft Friends 

CINCINNATI 
Albee (10) 
byron & •Willlfl 
Reynolds & Clark 
Noree ' 

Olson & Johnaofi 
(One to nil) 
(3) 

Johns &f Mabley. 
W W^at & McGlnty 
Freddy Allen ■ 
T..erdo'a Mox Orch 
(One to Hin 

Pulare (10) 
Louise & Mitchell 
4 Dales 
Rene Rlano Co 
.John Irving' Fisher 
B Wells * 4 Fays 
(3) 

4. Ijifftbtioys 
Royal Gascoincs 
Under'the Palms 
Sully & Mack 
Everett Sanderson 
CI.KVKT.AND 

lOntli St. 
Jst half (10-12) 
Everett Sanderson 
Talent A Merit 
McKay Ardine 
Neptune n 
(Ono to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Del Ortos 
T<eon Ijconard. Co 
Polly & Oz 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
6 Red Devils 
Colcy & Joixon 
Olyn Ijandick 
Nfttacha Nntov.a Co 
. - (One. -to- .nilV ^ - 
riilare (10) 
H * F Soanjan 
Eddie Borden . 
. Jerome Gray 
I-erdo's ^teri Orch 
(One to nil) 
fS) 

Jerome & Evelyn 
Eiliel Davis 
. Wallaco Eddlnjycr 
■MeKay .&' Ardine 
The Do Marcos 

(x)m;miuis. o. 

Keith's 

' Ist. half (10-12) 
EUy 

DuFor Boys 
Thank You Doctor 
Roy Smeck 
Al K Hall Co 

2d half (13-16) 
Shapiro & O'Malley 
Kusrene O'Brien Co 
Brems Fit/. * Mur 
McKay & Ardine 
<One to nil) 
. 2d half (6-9) 
Neptvmo B 
Hymn. Sr. Willis 
Ueynold.-? S- Clark 
Hay & Harrison 
Hu/zinprton's Bd 
DAYTON, "O. 
KoKli's 
=^.^.jrJ.£|:=hMLjyLe£l5.-)__. 
f<il<'kncy's (.'ir 



2d hair (0-0) 
Miller & Cccllo 
T-loy.d & Brieo 
Wilson St DobEon 
Brems FItz & Mur 
nstnb de Parl.q 
KRIK. I'A, . 

Jfit half (10-12). 
Jerome & . Evelyn 
Walsh & EUla 
Polly & O? 

2d hiilf (13-16) 
Harold. Tj^on'ard 
IiO-\V(.>ll B Drew . 
Paxton 

Don Ijee A' Libuise 
(Ono to nil) 

2d half (0-9) 
Harrison & Dakin 
Forsythc & Kelly 
Aloxiiindcr & Santos 
(Two to nil) 

«RAND RAPIDS 
Keith's 

1st half nO-12) 
Wilson St. Dobson 
Ethel Davis. 
Snow C'l'mlJUfi & C 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-10) 
4. I..lfcbuoys 
W Wu.st & McOinty 
Edith ClIlTord 
(Two to nil) 

2d half, (0-9) 
DuFor Boys 
Talent A Merit 
TUanK- You Doctor 
StocUney's Cir 
(Two to nil) 
.IKRSKY CITY 

State 
1st half (10-12) 
Nat Burns 
Marie Valentl 
Foy Family 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-40) 
Fulton & Parker 
Scott Saunders 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (6-9) 
Bee -Jung 
4 Rajahs 
KIrby & Duval 
Vivian Tobln 
Frankfe Heath 
Kurzman'a M'x F'n 
1.0U1SVIJ.I.E, KY. 
Keith's 
1st half (10-12) 
Gloria DeVon Co 
Payne & Hlllard 
Rita Gould 
Harry Burna 
Von Grona 

2d half (13-16) 
Stlckncy's Clr 
Harry .T Kelly ■ 
That Charm 4 
Hft'nry Santry Orch 
(One to nil) 

2d half fC-n) 
liouise & Mitchell 
Cecil Alexander 
Pearl RcRay Co 
Olson .Tohnson 
(Ono to nil) 
N'SIIV'LE. TENN, 

I'rlncrRS (10), 
Mei-le .&■ Ifrlenda 
S'ym'ur & IToword 
Sir Cecil Alexander 
Painty Mario 
(One to nil) 
(3) 

Kitaro Japs 
P.'jyne A Hllliard 

Hlttt__aould 

Harry Burna 
Grace Edler Co 
NEWDDICGII 
Academj- 
Lit half (10-12) 
Kinjj Solomon Jr 
Billy Moody 
Sonny Hines' Girls 
(Two toi nil) 

2d half (13-10) 
Gordon- -A Manners 
Cowan A Grey 
Tohey A Norman 
CaJlf Sunshine Glrla 
(One to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
I^andus i 
Caniara 

Maurice Samuels 
Janet Reado 
Mfvrffle Tjane Rev . 
OTi'AWA, CAN. 
Kfilh'H (10) 
Neil Kirk 
Past Imp Rev 
Norrls SIM 
J B Tot ten Co 
Mystic Mirror 
(3) 

T A I< Donnelly 
Miss Mnrcelle 
Walters St Au.slin 
Mahon A Scott Co 
■Jack Dan per 



2d half (6-9) 
Meyers A Hanford 
Ko Cood P.oason 
Billy .Moody 
Bohi-y A Desmimd 
(One to nil) 
rilll.ADIOMMIlA 
Karlo (10) 
Pall .Mall 
l/CH Oalenos 
Babe lORan R'dh'ds 
Milrlcl Kuye Co 
(One to ,nil) 
(3) 

A Frledland Rev 
Anihony A H'wl'nd 
(Silbert A May 
(Mu'vallor Bros , 
(tJno U) nil) 
l-TTSUrUtJlI, .PA. 
' Ilnrris 
Ist half f 10-12) 
Flo Enrlh-hl. Co . 
Terrlll A , ITanley 
Clinton A Capelanp 
1 tarry JCalino 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-10) 
Holly : 
•I.i\>fllc A Vand're'ft 
Billy Maine Co ■ 
.AVaUon A llrant 
(One to lill) . 

2d half (0-9) 
lIoulLcm A Whiting 
Aei'oplarii' t'.lrls 
Dolores IjOpez 
Bordner & Uoyer 
Dolson 
MidKctlnnd 
PL'i^l'SD'tJir. N.Y. 
SlriiMd 
1.st half (10-12) . 
Jack Danger 
(Two to nil) 
■ l!d half (C;9), 
2 .BJd.Hs'oms 
(Two to nil) 
VOttJIIKUEPSlE 

.A von . 
l.st halt (10-12) 
Gordop. A Jlnnnora 
owan A Grey 
'rinccss- P«t ■ 
oniiy A Norman 
Ciilif S'nshino Girls 

2d half (.13-1.0) 
Kinc Solomon Jr . 
Billy Moody 
Sonny Bines' Qlrlr. 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (0-9) 
F & hi Carmen 
Parson A Hawks 
Alfred II White Co 
Fredit A Palace 
Flo Mayo Girls • 
fSYRACHSE. N. Y. 
KtiUh's 
1st half (10-12) 
J A B PaBC 
Aristocrats 
Art Henry Co 
Iiockelt A Page 
(Two to nil) . 



flarry J K«lly 
'I'lint Charm 4 
Henry Suntrcy Or 
")nc to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
••Iprla Devon Co 
Milliard 
,Iti.la (!ou!d 
il^rry Hurna 
^"n Grona 



' 2d half (13-10) 
Harry Carroll I'nit 

2d half (0-9) 
Horli^U Bev 
Taylor A Bobbe 
Hriin.«iin A R'.'noe R 
l'.»xton 

Buck A Bubbles . 
Tii'bor"s Seals 

TOLEDO, O. 

KeUli'4 

1st h;ilf (10-12) 
4 .T-tfeliunys 
W WcHt A Mi:Glnty 
Ediih t.'lin'ord 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (MMO-) 
Wilson A Dobson 
Elhcl Davis 
Sn'w C'l'mbua A C 
(Two .to nil) 

TORONTO, CAN. 

lllppoflromc (1.6) 

Alice Dryo Co 
B A M Dupont 
Bronson A Reene R 
Haynes A Beck 
0 Brown Bros 
(3) . 
Yvoripp A A'lctor 
Charlotte A I.eah- 
Hooper A Gatchett 
■ Ji)p Howard'. 
(^a.<;lon A Andrcc 

VNION CITY. N.J, 
Lincoln 
l.st half (10-12) 

•f atajahs 
Bohby fi'Ncll 
I1(-m.'irest A I>eland 
(Two to nil) 
. 2d half (13-1,0) 
B)))ck A: Gold- . 
Mildred Feeley 
Burt - A Lphinaii 
(Two to All) 

2d . half (0-9) 
TncnlLs A Onlneg 
Bet IV Lou W.O)lj Co 
Wilkens A Addle 
Oscar StflnR Bd 
(On.n to fill) .■■ 
YOl'N(JSTOAVN, O. 
Keith's 
1st half (10-12). 
Allepn (i'ook 
Foi-sythe A Kelly 
De >farcos 
Ray A Harrison 
4 Brills 

2d half (13-16) 
Gautier's Do^s 
Johns .A Mabley 
Rhythm Boys 
CnsinO dc Paris 
(One to nil) 

2d half (6-9) . 
Von Grona Co 
Shapiro A O'Malley 
Lowell B Drew Co 
Yvette RuRpl 
Heras A Wallaco 



Bob Murphy 
(One to nil) 
(2) 

'H TImli-ri? Vnlt 
Norman Thomas 6 
Ma.-tim A Koekr 
Dora Mnuphun 
Rd.slla Oroh 
Bob Murphy 
Burn.-*' A Allen 

VAxcorvEU. n.e. 

Ori>henm (9) 

Rofe A Tluirnts 
(lerber's Gaieties 
Yates A Lawley 
Etlwin George 
Dave Bernlo Orch 
Wm Dp.«m(ind 
(2) 

Ml.ss Juliet 



Ryan A T.ee 
KelHo iM J>iMnonde 
Jones A .Huil 
lTndtM'>'urrPnt 
(;amble Hons A B 
WINMPICG, CAN. 

On>h(>uni (U) 
Odha 

Keano A Whittiry 
Bcs.ser A- B.ilfour 
Ruth Budil 
Mulr'y M< N'ce A R 
Ka>e A sa>r« 
(2) 

Donald Brian 
Nonctte 

Fisher A Oilmore 
Caffrey. A Mlllor 
Geo W<int; ("o. 
(One lo nil) 



1 



Orpheum 



NEW YORK CUT 
86th St. 

iRt half (10-12) 
Derlckson A Brown 
Jack I'sher Co 
l-'reda A Palace 
Down Home . 
(One to Vill) 

2d hall 1 13-10) 
Sliur Boys 
.l.oite Bohr Co 
0(>i) Me(."lennon 
Clbb 2 
(One- to nil) 

VJStli St. . 

l.st. halt (10-12) 
Tad Tieman's Co . 
ll.ayntonil. Bond Co ' 
AVade: Booth Co 
Burt A J-olimaTi 
Pioneer Tap D'e'rs 

2d half (13-10) • 
Bowman A Kemp 
'JMie. cruisers . 
Hdiih Bohlrpan 
Robins A Jcwett 
(One to nil) 
■WKSTCHKS'TKll 
New Itoi'helle 

l.st half (10-12) • 
Janet Reade 
Anthony A H'wl'nd 
Rial Rev 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
7.ermalne & Farrar 
Freda A Palace 
(Three to nil) 

Mt. Ternon 

1st half (10-12) 
Lentinl ., 
Geo McClennon. 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Wade Booth Co 
Jack Usher Co 
(Three to nil) 
Yonkcrs 
1st half (10-12) 
."ShUT Boys 
Robins A Jewett 



Keilli'n 

1st half (10-12) 
TAUdc'r Bi'oa 
I'auline 
Ryan Sis ■ 
(Two to nii> 

2d half (13-16) 
lion Voyage " 
Herbert Rawlin'on 
Chaz BrUBRO 
(Two lo nil) 



CALGARY, CAS. 
Grand (0) 

Nonetie 

Fisher A <3ilmore 
Donald Brian 
Geo Wong Co 
(Two to nil) 
(2) 

Yateis A Lawley 
Hose A Thorn 0 
Gerber's .<5aletlea 
Edwin George 
Dave Bernle Or 
Wm Desmond Co 
CHICAGO. ILL. 
Palace (9) 
Jack Pearl Co 
Davis & Darnell . 
Wallace Eddlnger 
Sally Rand Go 
(Three to flU) 
(2) 

Rhythm. Boys 
Mulr'y McN'ce & B 
Wilton & Weber 
Teck Murdock Co 
Colleglatea 
Jerome & ara.y 
Herman Tlmberg 

Riviera (9) 
Evers A Greta 
Ada Brown 
Who Done It 
Keno A Green 
(One to nil) 
(2) 

Parlter A Mack 
Moody & Duncan 
Sessue Hayakawa 
Charlie Hill 
Harris A Claire 

State Xake (9) 
Mary Marlowo 
Berk A Saun 
H Tlmberg Hnit 
Uuasey A Case 
(Others to nil) 
2) 

Van Cello A Mary 
4 Pepper Shakers 
Il'rtf'rd A N'd.strlm 
Mack A Stanton 
Chas T Aldrich 
MAcTt A Rosslter 
Ann Garrison Co 
Eddie Borden Co 
Flo Mvers Glrla .. 
DKN^HB, rOL. 
Orpheum (9) 
.Toa Daly Co-Eds 
Moran & Wiser 
Toln_Mc.Aullffo 
Val liarris Co 
Master Jay Ward 
(2) • 

a A M Ellne 
TTph'm Whitney Rv 
Sally Rand Co 
Florence Brady 
Frank Stafford 
LOS ANGELES 
lllllstreet (9) 
.^Shaw A CtirroU Rv 
Bert Haiilon 
Allen A C.-inne.ld 
Kedmond A WcHs 
Ted A Al Waldman 
niinols State Bd 

. (2) 
BAR Gorman 
Morton. A Stout 
Ruth Warren Co 
Gilbert A French , 
Newhoff A Phelps 
Ja<-k. Norworth 

On>i< (®) 

Mary Halynes 
Itodrlgo A Llla Or 
Marparet Anglin 
Jpy VeliB 
Wolff A Jeromft 
Bill Dooley 
(Two to nil) 

. (2) 
Tlllnols State Bd 
T Roy Barnes 
_T,oui,'*e HoNVltt 

^Pl7^wrTft~"S""^lTlv^^--^ 

Tfnyc.i A. Cody 
Monrop A (iriint 
Mary H.-iynen 
Vivi!>n A Wiil'ers 
MILWA1KKL 
Orpheitnt (0) 
Perce Flafh 
Norman Thomns I 
r-hiis T Aldrich 
llnrns A AlK-n 



Gibb 2 
(Two to mil 
; 2d half (13^10).- 
Morocco Bound 
(Others to nil) 

Wmto PliUhs 
. iRt .h.'iii; 110-12) 
Danny Sm.'Cll Co 
Trixio Friganza 
t''ruiser<^ 
I Two to nil) . 

.2d haU" (13-10) 
Janet Re.ade 
Le.s Oalenos • 
l>own Home 
(Tvo 10 nii) 
NEWARK, N. ,T 

Prtfolor'.s (10) 
4 Hajah.^ 
Eth. 1 Wat-rs 
Modi-rn Cinderella 
(Two to nil) 
AHIANY. N. Y. 

Griind 
Ist -half 1 10-12) 
Carl FreeiV Orch 
(Others to nil) 

2d half (13-lC) 
Lydla Bari-y 
(Others to fill) 
U'rin'huH U'k'r li'Il 

1st half (10-12) 
Love Co • 
(Two to nil) 
TROY.. N. Y. 
I'rbetorfs 
1st half (10-12) 
Ike Rose's Midgets 
Clifford A Marion 
(One to nUV 

2d half (13-16) 
Carl Freed Orch 
(Two to nil) 
SCipENIjK:TADV 

l'ro<:t«r'H 
1st half (10-12) 
Harry Carroll ■ 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-16). 
Clifford A Marion 
Harry J <-onley. 
(One to fill) 



A A F Stedman 
Natacha Nattova, 
Evers A Mayer 

. (2) • 
Mary Marlowe 
Block A Sully 
Helen Menken Co 
Shaw A, Lee . 
Parisian Bricktops 
Kay A Say re 
(One- to nil) 
MINNEAPOLIS 
llonnepiii (0) 
.Teck Murdock Co 
Roy Cummings. 
Ann Garrison Co 
Mulr'y McN'ce A R 
Moody A* Dpricao 
(One to nil) 
(2) 

Besser A Bail four 
keane A Whitney 
Ruth Budd 
Serge Flash , 
Jack Benny 
Creole F'sh'n Plate 

OAKLAND. CAL. 
Orphenm (9) 

Adelc Rowland 
Franklyn D'Amore 
Prank Keenan 
Hector A Pals 
RQStelH 
Roy Rogers 
(2) 

Margaret AngUn 
Michel . 

Tlllis A LaRue 
Larimer A Hudson 
Bert Hanlon 
Allen A Canfield 
OMA1IA. NEB. 
Orpheum (9) 
Van Cello' A Mary 
Ch'mb'rl'n A Earle 
AVilton A Weber 
Frank ' Stafford 
Jack Benny 
(2) 

Paul Gordon Co 
Herbert Clifton 
Howell's Collegians 
Hickey Bros 
The Maglpys 
SAN FBANCISCO 
Golden Gqte (9) 
Slim Tlmblln 
Kane A Ellis 
Tlllis A LaRue 
I/nrlmer A Hudson 
College Flirt 
Char w i m?jrr- — 

(2) 

RastelU . 
Mu.slc Art Rev . 
T & A Waldman 
Bill -DooK-y . 
Roy Rogers 
Kliiting'a Ent 

Orpheum (9) 
Lou Tellegen Co 
Lubin Larry & A 
.Phlp Ahoy- 
Flo' Lewis 
Jack Hanley 
Paul Yocan Co 
Florrle I-aVere Co 
(2) 

College Flirt 
Frank Keenan Co 
Rodrlgo A Llla Or 
Jay Veiie 
Adelp Rowland 
Wolff A Jerome 
Kane A Ellis 
SEATTLE. WASH 

Orp'^'ni* <®) 

Miss Juliet 
Ryan A Ix-e 
Kel.>io A l)pmonde 
Jones A. Hull 
Undercurrent 
Gamlile Boys A B 
(2) 

Rainbow Ilevclrles 
Norwood A Hull 
■phan tTim==4--^=^^ 
A Hyi-'ih A Fanil y 
Fre«-nuin A S<'ym'ur 
ItrLKfilipd Ruby 
hT. LOT IS, .MO 
Orplieiini (9) 
Flo .Myers Girls 
Itoslta 
(Jerte Green 
a St M Elinp 
X,a Sallo A Mack 



ROUTED 



BOB CARNEY and JEAN 

ENTIRE 
LOEW CIRCUIT 
DIreetion 

Joe-^LEDDY & SMITH— Ed 

226 West 47th St., Suite 901 



hterstate 



ATLANTA. GA. 
GeorgU (10) 

All Girl Show 
BEAUMONT, TEX. 

(10) 

(J^ame bill playa 
Lake Charles, 11; 
Shrcveport, 12; 
Alexandria, 13) 
Zelda Bros 
Don Humbert 
Gene Fuller D'e'rs 
Hunter & Perclval 
In the Orient . 
DALLAS, TRX. 
Majestic (10) 
Clyde A M Nelaop 
LeGrohs 

Harry Holman Co . 
Jack Clifford 
Devil's Circus 
FT. WORTH, TEX. 

Majestic (10) 
Australian Waltes 
Dare A Wahl 
Buster A Midgets 
(Two to nu) 
HOUSTON. TEX, 

Mertirii (10) 
Al A Anne Striker 
Shcrm'n A MacVao 
Haley A Joyce Sis 
Geo Eroadhurst Co 
Scrambled l^egs 
L'TLE R'CK. ABKi 
Majestic 
1st half (10-12) 
Dobas 2 

Ospman A Schepp 
Marion Sunshine 
" 2a-lralf "(13-16 )~ 
Geo A A Schiiller 
Walter Brbwer 
Lee Gail Ens 



NEW ORLEANS 
Orpheum 

Ist half (10-12) 
(Same, bill plays 
Baton Rouge 2d 
half) 

Dallas Walker Sis 
Northlane ,A Ward 
IjOU Cameron Co 
Jack Major 
Wlther's Opery 
OKLAHOMA CI'TV 

Orpheum (10) 
Bury's Dogs 
Raines A Avey 
F X Bushman Jr 
Texas Comedy 4 
Fr'ncis R'es A DuR 
SAN ANTONIO 

Majestic (10) 
Agemos 
Hewitt .& Hall 
Anger A Fair 
Bee Turpin 
RIgoletto Bros 

TULSA, OKLA. 

Orpheum (10) 
Frank Viola Co 
Irving A Chancy 
Senna A Dean . 
Nick Lucas 
(Ono to nil) 
WICHITA. . KANS. 
Majestic 

let half (10-12) . 
Art A L Davids 
M' ntro.se A R'yn'.lds 
Old Flddl'H vs Jazz 
C'n'gh'm A B'nntt 
(One to fill) 

2d half (13-16) 
-Cervo- 'A- Moro 
nertrand A Ralstn 
Clflsie Hayden Girls 
(Two to nil) 



MIdgctland 
Warner Saxton Co 
(One tCi nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
J A J Wnlton Bd 
Block A Sully 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Rosi-oo Alls Co 
I'o-lOda 

lA'ster Irving Co 
(Two to nil > 
DAVENPOUT. I A. 
Capitol 
lot half ^l(^-12) 
I B Hamp Co 
Herbert <?lifton 
I'arke Sis A H'rv'y 
(Two to nu) 

2d half (13-10) 
Man A Bernard Jr 
Ward A Van ■ 
Paula Paqulta A C 
Janet Childs 
Luster' Bros 

' 2d half (6r9) 
H A N I>ary 
A A F. Stedman 
VnUnu.^l Rev 
Ji'r. d Jlugliea . 
Peter I.ebuff 
l>KCATrB, ILL.: 
Lin«<oln Saunre. 
1st half (9-12) 
Fo.sti r. A Peggy 
Lauren . :A • I-adrtre 
Paper t'reations 

2d half (13-1.5) 
Brown A ]>a . Velio 
< " Henninston Co 
I One to \lll) . 
DISS MOINES. l.\ 
Orplieutn 
•ist half (10-12) 
M.in Bernard Jr 
VVjird A V.'^n- 
Paula I'aiiulta A C 
Jiinet Childs 
Lu.fter Hro.s 

2d half .(iS-aO) . 
Sn hot age 
lli-rb'-rt . «.'llfton 
Parke S's A H rv'y 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (0-9) 
EuKeno O'Brien 
Racine A Ray 
Don Cumml'nps 
Ancel -Bros 
(One to nil) 
KV'NSV'LLE. IND. 
Orpliouii) 
Lst hiilf (.10-12) 
F lder H'rr't A H 
M Clifton A Ptnr 
"Spcnce A True ' 
The collegiates 
(One to nU) 

2d linlt (13-10) 
Aerial ButterS; 
Bernivid A Marsh 
Masters A- (Jrayoo 
(."liain A Stamm 
(One to flin 

2d half (6-9) 
Ca.xtle of Dreams 
J A J Mc-Kenna 
•Tack La Vier . 
Cio.sslp Ciub -■ 
(One to nil) 
GALESnUKti. ILL. 
Orpheum . 
Iflt half (10-12) 
M'ran (Vr'm'n A.W 
Sully A Mack 
Jerry A U'by G'ds 

2d half (13-10) 
Clara Howard 
Rig Friscoo 
((Jne to. fill) 
JOLIET, ILL. 

Klalto 
1st half (10-12) 
Chas Hill ■ 
(Others to flU) 
2d half (13-16) 
B Hamp Co 
A U. St in Mack's Rer 
KANS. CITY, MO 

MnUistrei't (9) 
Louisville Loons 
Honey Boys 
Lucas A I>l)Ilan 
Bub Murphy 
Dora Maugh.n 
S'iliv'n A Glllesplo 
LLNCOLN, NED. 

Lincoln (10) 
Claude DeCarr Co 
Ra'clne A Ray 
G'rcla M'rimba Bd 
MADISON, WIS. 

Orphenm . 
1st half (10-12) 
Frances Renault 
Grade Deagon Co 
Girl Wanted 
El Gleve . 
6 De Cardoe 

2d half (13-16) 
14 Bricktops 
Seed A Austin 
I^cal Style Show 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (0-9) 
Brown A McGraw 
Hickey A Massart 
Florida Frolics 
Ates A Darling 
(One to nil) 
PEORIA, ILL. 
Pftluoe 
. 1st half (10-12) 
Browne A La VcUc 
Mr A Mrs Phillips 
Johnny Hyman 
C B<;nnington Co 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-15) 
M'ran C.r'm'n A W 
Kultc 10 
Sully A Mack 



Jerry A B'by G'ds 
(One to nil) 
QI'INCY, ILT*. 
\\ nNlilngton. 

1st half (10-12) 
"lara Howard 
Sip FriS'-oe Co 

fin" to lill) 
KOCKt'OUt), ILK 
I'alace 
lj.t half (10-12) 
14 Bricktops 
S>-cd A AUKiin 
Three to nil) 
2d half (13-lfi) 
FrJinces Tlenault 
■Jracle Deagon Co 
'lirl Wanted 
El Cle\e 
De »';irda 
2d half (0^9) 
Masieis A iSrayoe 
Fraukel A Dunlcvy 
Variety 8 
Roxy La BoccR 
(One to nil) . 

sr. rAi'i. MINN, 

Pala<x . 

1st hiOf (10-12) 
Brown A Mc(Traw 
,1oe Marks Co 
(Three to nil) 

2d halt (13-10) 
Howoirn tH)lloglun.s 
lllcUey Bros 
Keller Mack .Co •. 
Don Cuinmlnpa 
Llovd Nov.ida Co 

2d half (6-9) 
Frances Reitault 
Ward A Van 
Sant Mann Co 
Berk A Sawn 
Helen Back 3 
Slot X CITY, 

Orpheum . 
•' 1st half (J(i-12) 
HowfilPs ^■<lll^■^ians 
lilekey Br<33 . 
Keller ' Mack Co 
Diih (":unvmingfl 
Lloyd Nevada Co 

2d half (13-10) . 
lirown A MctJraw 
J (10 Marks <.;o- 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (0-9) -, 
Luster Bros . 
(Jeraldino' A Joe •' 
(Srub^r's Oddities 



Saxo 4 

Alexander A oisin 

poBTLAM), oin;. 

PiintiigoK (10) 

LlttleJ(d»ns 
Burns A Wi -^t 
Roirers Rev 
Nt'es <i Manslleld 
Emil Knoff Hro 
SAN FILXNCISCO 

Puntuges (10) 
Cornel'iS 
Murrny A Van 
Telephone Troubles 
J oe . Itoberts 
l-Irnia Powell 
LOS ANGELES 

ViintagoA (10) 
3 Olympians 
Kdison A C.rcgory 
(5rey Family - 
5 Crooners 
Karl Fegan Bd 
SAN DIEGO. CAL. 

rantiiges (10) 
Raytiiond .A Geneva 
IMis ciark«> 
Dancers a la Carte 
Havdcn 3 
Hilh- Lamont 4 
L'tJ nKACII, t'AL. 

i'ari(i>g«H» (U>) 

Wally A ZoUn . 
Tho.m 3 Fellows 
Cvclo of Dance 
Ne.nl A.ln-rl . . .: 

Mi-xhan. <.'0oa 



lA, 



SALT L'KE CITY 
Plin'liigeH (10) 

4 K.ii;- 
lira- e 1 >>-\ o, 
.Toe I>i ■ n;inl 

Ki d' ■■ IV A .M.i'i- y 
Broadwa.v Hijn 

otiiiKN. I r \n 

I'lnitiiges (10) 
Russian An cii-- us 

Mlld'-eil ^ l-'ori'e 
Crt cn A Au^dn 
Kelly A Jai'.U^i.n 
R'y .ll'ghes .v.- I'Hni 

5 Ki ai'hiird.-i 
OMAHA. NEB. 

Vuntiiges (10) 
>tary Swoem-y- 
Ktal l ook U.iy 
Kl Cota A . Byrne 
Kxpositi(in 4 
The tlriihs .' 

KANSAS CITY 

Pnntages (10) 
Local Kids 
.Madeline , 
Werner A Mary A 
.Wason- A D'xon Rv 
Britt Wood 
IT.mlon Bro.** 
.MEMPHIS^ TENN, 

PuntagcH (10) 
Marv ZoeVler fo . 
H'phton A Whiting 
U'yi Hungarian Or 
Udin'nds A. F'nch'n 
Margo A ' Beih 



HOWARD SLQAT 

BONDS FOR INVESTMENT . - 
A. -B ie«ch & Co., Inc., .57 William S(t,- N.^Y. 




ATCHISON. KAN. 
Orpheum. (9) 

Miss Florlnne ■ 
Bertrand A R'lst'n 
C Hayden's M'sc'ts 
BL'MIN<iT"N, 1I,L. 
Majestic 

1st half ao-12) 
R'efr Ch'nd'n A D 
Harry Rappl 
Eddie Dale Co . 

2d )ialf (13-16. 
Fo.ster A Peggy 
l^aurcn A Ladare 
Pajior Creations 
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 
()ri)hpum 

iBt half (10-12) - 
Majors A Grayce 
Chafn A. Stamm 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
.The. CollpgiaJ eH_ 
""j (ff-TtTf^a'^'Tp r - 
(Three to nill 
. 2d half (0-9) 
Suite 10 

(Jrafie Deaffon Co 
(Til reo to nil 1 
CHICAGO, ILL. 
Amerlean 

l.rt h(tlf (10-12) 

Rutl<;dgo A Warr'n 



II 



Bufterfield 



1 



h'nib'rl.'n A- Barlo 
'.ml l'a(nilta A O 
SPRINtilf'l>D, ILU 
Orpheum . 
1st half (10-12) 
Roseoe Alls Co 
The Co-Ed9 
I.,estcr Irving Co 
(Two. to nil) ' 

2d half (13-16) 
Ride Kicks 
Spepce A True 
Lester Ltine Co 
Mays-Burt A F 
Aerial Butters' 
M Clifton I'tnr 

2d half (C-n). 
NonuarL' Phillips 
F'lder.-H'rrlett A 
Harry Jblson 
(Two to nil) 
SO. REND. IND. 
Palace 
1st half (10-12) 
Eugene O'Brien Co 
Block A Sully. 
Mays-Burt A F 
Cha.pclle A Carlst'n 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Castle- of Dreains 
F'lder-H'rrlet A JI 
Varsity 8 
Paul Gordon 
((Jrie to nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
Axel ■ Chrlstcnson 
Seed A Austin . 
Havon MacQuarrle 
(Two to nil) 
l8PRINGF'IJ>, MO, 
Electric 
iBt half (10-12) 
Coffman A Carroll 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Monte .& May 
Y:ong Kee Tr 
ST. ' LOUIS, MO. 
Grand (10) 
Swcgelcs 6 
Pearson Bros A E 
Gos.slp Club 
(Others to nil) 
T'RB H'TE, IND. 
Indliina 
Ist half (10-12) 
Fat Wilson 
Lester I,<ane Co 
Jlmmle Lucas Co 
Felovlfi 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Helen A N Leary 
Harry Rappl 
(Three to fill) 
TOPEKA, KAN. 

Novelty. 
iBt Jiulf (10-12) 
Miss Florin no 
Il.-rtrand A R'l.it'n 
C Hayden's M'sc'ts. 

2d half (13-15) 
Bill Pruitt 
M'ntroHC A R'yn'lds 
C'ngham A Bennet 
WAUKE<iAN, ILL. 
.(ionesee 
2d half a3-15) 
Chapellc A Carlt'n 
Olyn Landick 
Eddie Dale Co 



ANN ll'n'R, M'CH. 
Mh'hignn 

Ist half (9'12) 
Thi? Brian ts'.. 

2d half (13-15) „ 
Trttcey Hny Co , 
DA'TTLE CREEK 
IIIJou 
1st half (9-12r 
Rchlltchl'.s . M'r'ttes 
X^ostcr Fagan A C 
Cwrley Burns Co 
2d half (13-15) 
The Myakos' 
Jarvie A Harrison 
(One to nil) 
BAY CITY 
Regent 
1st half (9-12) . 
Burns 2 
Miner A Van 
Hilton Sis 

2d half (13-16) 
■Sandy Lang Co 
Foster Fagan A C 
Curley Burns' Co 
BENTON ifAlUJ'R 
LilMtrty 
2d half (1-3-15) 
Sc.hlitcl's M'r'ttes 
Cody 5 

(One to nil) . 
FLINT 
Cuititol 

1st half (9-12) 
Lan.e A Harper. 
(Two to nil) 
2d half (13-15) 



Panlages 



Ernest Uiatt 
Dance Rhapsodies. 
(On(> to lill) . 
LANSING 
Strand. 
Iht half (9-15) 
Sandy Lang Co 
Ashley Pa I go 
Toby Wilson Co 
2d half. (13-15) 
Il'Ct'r CJi'nd'n A D 
Oiir Gnng Kids 
(Ono to .nil) 

owosso 

<"apltol 

2d half (13-15) . 
Miner A Van 
Paul Y.oean Co 
(One to nil) 
PONTIAC 
State 
iBt half (9-12) 
Ernest Hiatt 
Dance Bhapsodlea 
(.One to nil) . . ' 

•2d half (13-15) 
Ashley Paige 
Fortunello A Clrll 
Toby Wilson Co 
SA<;iNAW 
Temple 
1st half (9-12) 
Tracey A Hay 
Fortunello & Clrll. 
Jarvls A Harrison 

'2d half (13-15) 
Rich A Cherle 
Ijirry Rich Friend! 
(One to nil) 



Stanley-Fabian 



BAYONNE. N. J. 
Operii House 

2d half (5-8) 
Hendrlx^ A. B'ldwln 
Freed A Gray 
Murray A Maddock, 
Spencc A Lloyd Sis 
(One to nu) 
BLIZABKTH. N.J. 
Rlt» 

2d half (C-8) 
Flake O'Hara Unit 
H'CKENS'K, N. J. 
Lyric 

2d half (6-9) 
Edith Fletchens Co 
Mantella Craig Co 
Williams A Speer 
Jean Kenny Co 
(One to nil) 
nonoKEN, N. J. 
New Jf'abhin 

2d half (0-9) 
Chang A M'nd'rlns 
Agio A White 
Joe Mendl 
Jack Wilson Co 
(One to nil) 



J'RS'Y CITY. N.J. 
Central 

2d half (6-9) 
Bon. Voyage 
(Others to nil) 
PASSAIC,, N. J. 
Montitnk 

2d half (6-8) 
Gcnero Girls 
Roger Williams 
Lander Bros . 
I'aullne 
(One to nil) 
rATERfiON. N. J. 
RcKont 

2d half (5-8) 
Blltle Moody 
Robey A Desmond 
Meyers A Hanford 
For No G'd Reason 
(One to nil) 
UNION CITY, N.J. 
Lincoln 

: 2d half (5-8) : 
Lucille Sis 
Enchantment 
Prirnrosfl 4 
(Two to nil) 



Olyn Landick 
Zastro- White Girls 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (13-15) 
Nick Basil .Co . 
(Others to nil) 
Belmont 

Ist half (10-12) 
Miller Grace A F 
Prince All 
BrISco A Delorto 
Desperate Sam 
J A J Walton Bd 

2d hrilf (13-15) 
.3 Orcinlos 
Chas Hill 
Rtriiln,')- A .Strings 
EI Citve 
Visions 

Englew-ood 

Itit half (111-12) 
Norman A l^anilee 
Rt rains A SiilngiJ 

_.El__.ri(;i ytL 

" Vi.vionH '' '■ ^ 
(Oni: to nil) 

2d half (12-15) 
Jlmn'iy T.in-as. Co 
Zfistrn-Wli.te • <Jirl.« 
(Three to nil) 
Tower 

iBt half (10-12) 
Sld'.'kiiks 

Harry Joloon 



NEWARK. N. J. 
Newark (10) 

France A La Pell 
jack Ready 
Peggy McKechnlc 
Gaffney A Walton 
Marcus Sis A C -. 
Walter A Kuban 
Trip to HoUond 
NIAGAR-li r.4LLfi 

Strand (10) 
Mario Rarko Co 
Radio J'ks A Q'ns 
BreWKt'r A P'm'r'y 
(One to nil) 
TORONTO. CAN. 

PaulageH (10) 
Mona Mura A Boys 
Ed Sflwyn 
Lola Menzell Co 
McCall A Keller 
Tonimy Manahan . 
HAMILTON, CAN. 

I'nnttiRcs (10) 
Lorn as 'Tr 
Kharum 

Karl Norton R<v 
Krugle A RohleT 
D'-iirio A Moreno R 
TOLEDO, O. 
I'anlagcA (10) 

"TTfoicTTV^ir —-^ 
Nfiney li'alr 
.\1f[f .ir'.ne 

Mill'r A Peterson 
Shuffl'-a A 'I'apfl 
IMHANAPOLLS 
L>ri<: (10) 
Rt Claire A O'Df-a 
The Daveys 
I'revarlcatjon 



Manley A Baldwin 
Bert Collins Co 
MINNEAPOLIS 
Pantages (10) 

Mltkus 2 
4 Caddies 

Niblo A Spencer . . , 
Hilller A Forto 
R(!vue Vnusual 
CALGARY, CAN. 

Pantages (10) 
Hlghtower 3 
Knorr A Rella 
Dixon A Morellt 
Small's Steppers 
SPOKANE, WASH 

Pantages (10) 
Jae.k A Sol Freed 
Irene Stone . . 
De Toregas ■ 
Brady A Mahoney 
Eva: " Tang.uay 
SEATTLE. WASIL 
, l>(mf Ages (10) 
Marcel \Ji Source 
.Morris A Ward 
ir/trry llayden Co 
Scott Bros A V 
Mae Murray . 
VANCOl.'VER. B.C. 

PaulngeM (JO) 
TMay.it»"Lun''l t«? --^ -^^ 
Kramer A' Paulino 
Harry Coof'r Co 
Alton A Wll.son 
K.-intasy Re-v 
TACOMA, WASH. 

Pantuges (10) 
3 Kaylon (jlrls 
flt-han A rrf:l.M>(i 
l'eai)y .& Kul.Hon 



MARRIAGES 

Ina 1-Liyw;ird, Broadway primi 
(lonn.a, married to Thomas W. Jones, 
Hecuritle.s broker. Auk, 20. Cere- 
mony performed at tlie Church of 
St. Malachy, New York. 

Announcement of the coming 
rnarriage of Frances Drager, vaude- 
vllle.to Clifford Vaughan was made 
Aujr. 30. Vaughart is connected 
•with PubHx afl a musical advisor. 
Mi.ss Drager's stage nJime In Fran- 
ces Redding. 

Ilorta Scilcr to Paul Korth, Can- 
ton, O., Aug. 28. (Jroom is Corlnl, 
vaude magician. Bride . ip hia as-; 
fii.stant, 

Sara Kouns, of Sara and Nellie. 
Kouns, to Earle H. McHugh, .busi- 
ness manafitT of "Motot" and "The 
American Druggist," in Bronxvllle, 
New York, Aug. 30. Miss. KoUno 
will continue her stage career. 
. Ina Hards, actress, to Lieut. G. P. 
Savllle. U. S, Air . Corps, In New 
York, vSopt. Bi'ide is a daughter of 
Ira Hards, director. 

lOloanor ,Wctj.stor ( Webster Sis- 
tfrs), vaudr^.-to Krnt.'St Mfzger, non- 
prof f.s.«ional, in S'fW York, Aug. a9. 

Arthur App'.'l. a.-^sl.^tnTit stag© 
manager for .Schwab, and ,Mund(;l, 
was nwirrifd layt wfk to Pat 

ooinpjuiy of "(lood New.-.' 



Original Jerome, of 
I .Mills, cl.-iims lie is no 
• noctcd with the act. 



.Icroiiie and 
longer con- 



44 



VARIETY 



TIMES SQUARE — SPORTS 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



News From the Dailies 



LOS ANGELES 



Federal court refused to release 
the Johanna Smith, recently seized 
giimbiinff ship, on bond when the 
attorneys for the ship owners asked 
that the. ship be freed. Owners^, at- . j. • j 
torneys . plan to file exception to | VH" . 
ruling. ■ ;■ " 

Lulu Grimn. 25, said to be maid- 
In -waiting at the Mack bennett stu- 
dios, was sentenced to serve 30 daya 
or pay a $200 fine on a liquor pos- 
session charge. 



quantity o£ the drink offered her, but 
I the other giirl swallowed all of hers. 
Th(? next morning she complained of 
pain in her eyes and by noon was 
blind 



FORE 



Lloyd's Private Course Touphey 

Harold Lloyd plans to stage his 
third annual golf tournament this 
winter on his newly completed nine- 
hole course adjoining his Beverly 
inils home. A gold golf ball will be 
one oC the trophies. 



McGrann's Beach Golf 

, , , » ,„ I Fran/-. McGrann, with the New 

.h» Wrisht act, the Cancornla antl.|;.Sont^for^^Su„w^^^^^^^^ 

run of that piece as a publicity 
I^u Tellegen filed voluntary peti- [stunt. It got a play In the local 
tlon of bankruptcy, putting llabil- papers at the time and now Is bios - 
itles at $20,901.84 and assets at $2,- soming out In the sports magazines. 
200, with an iexemption of $950. , A Golfer's Magazine has an illus- 
similar petition was "led by hid | ^.^.^j^^ layout of "Sunny Days" 



Carol Wines, screen actress, ap- 
pointed adminlstrattix of the estate 
of her father, Leon B. Wines, who 
died June 18. Wines left an estate 
of $10,000, which win go to the 
widow, and under law she Is entitled 
to act as administratrix, but mother 
requested that daughter assume the 
responsibility. 

David Kirby, foriner film actor, 



wife, Isabel Craven Dllworth -r^^^^^^^^ ^j^, Chicago 

ftl^s, oTJ^OO^'anfeJemptlon lake front beach. They sink a Ave- 



inch cup In the. iiand and coax a 
five-inch soft rubber ball with cliibs 



Mae Busch filed suit for divorce that look like giant hockey sticks, 
in Log Angeles courts from John B. As a game It looks pretty Insipid, 
Cassell, charging desertion. They but . as a publicity plant those 
were married June 30, 1926. I buxom girls y wUl probably run 

through the winter in illustrated 
Dismissal of the Frank Lloyd I sections on the "Sunny Days" line 
Wright case, in which the architect of march, 
charged his former wife, Miriam .' 



Greenwich Village Chatter 



One o'clock closing curfow went 
In last wc<>k on the small cabarets 
down here, with all the parlors hav- 
ing shutters up or else. 

The edict seemingly only affects 
places operating with dance licenses, 
the precinct coppers holding them 
to the letter. Several arrests for 
technical violations were made last 
week, all being dismissed with a 
reprimand. 



Julius' Going . 

Julius', Village oasis ahd prob- 
ably the only real Bohemian place 
left down here, Is slated to go via 
Federal padlocking.' 

Julius' fllllng station for the In- 
telligentsia and : morbid onlookers 
was taken over several weeks ago 
by the snoopers on both sale and 
possession, with the padlock, ex- 
pected any day. They're more par- 
ticular than they used to be as to 
customers. 



day nights, has. proven a bonanza 
business getter for this Joy parlor 
which had been winging until em-. 
bi;acing the Nut Club and radio 
Id^a, Monday, traditionally the 
worst night for business here or; 
anywhere else, has been a fair 
grounds for the Grove, helped ma-: 
terially by the uptown celebs tak<< 
'ing to the Village place and con- 
tributing Impromptu entertainment 
sans cost. . 

It'll be great until some of th« • 
uptown' managements listen In: oa 
to some of their talent that har*. 
been appearing downtown. 



Nut Club Getting Over . 

The Village Grove's Nut Club 
sories, broadcast ovier radio Mon- 



will face trial Sept. 24 on a; charge Noel Weight, with petty theft, and 

T<. r.^.ocLcinW ^17 Quarts of beer, she countered with a statutory 

w« ^/,«nf/d owneishi^^^ charge against him and Olga Milan 
He denied ownersnip oi tne uquui «.o.^i„ <ior.n-»i. whnm h, 



Rube Woira 77 

Rube Wolf, San Francisco 



m. c. 



married Aug. 25, was ordered In the 
San Diego, Cal., court after both 
complainants agreed to drop pro- 
ceedings. 



ILL AND INJURED 



found in his Hollywood residence 
during a raid. 

Arrive;! of watchman foiled two 
safe crackers who broke the com- 
bination of the safe at the Crystal 
theatre (West Coast) Aug. 27. The 
burglars fled. 

Three suits filed against Charles | 
H. Christie, film producer, by Mrs. 

® ie?n"s"5t.y oSl ll I Gra«„a.« H.,pHa.. To* 

court. Piaintiif asked $1,000,000 for : Karyl Norman, taken ill with 
asserted breach of promise, $750,000 jj^pyngitls after playing the State 
for alleged seductipn and $97,500 on > -v- phicairo has cancelled imme- 
a breach of contract Charge. Lake, GWcago, nas canceuea imme 

Settlement Is said to have been diate dates, 
made on the basis of the breach of | Richard Barthelmess, 6n location 



off, Montenegrin dancer, whom he copped top honors In a theatrical 



tournament by shooting a 77 over 
the Hillcrest. course, ' Los Angeles. 



Old, Old Story 

Charlie Miller of the Music Cor- 
Iporation of America In Chicago an- 
noyed the office for some time with 
Jules Bled»oe, recovering from, an accounts of cards, conslstenly be- 



appendlcitis . operation in Post 



tween 85 and 90. It got so tiresome 
that Wm. R. Goodheart and Karl 
Kranier carted him out to a course 
I at 5 a. m; to prove his claims. 

Charlie shot the first lilne holes 
close to eveii 4's, and then blew up. 



The Great Unwashed 
Small eating places are closing 
promptly at nine nightly, much U» 
the dismay of the great unwashed 
who use them for hangouts after 
the regular meal: hours. . 

The hangoutia never cplned a dim* 
from the hangers-on, deriving noth- 
ing' but light bills. Washington 
Square Park la now the spot, witli 
the boys and girls worried about the 
cold weather. 



mWAY WE 



(Changes Weekly) 



For show people, as well as laymen, this Guide to general am usemente 
In New York will be published weekly in response to repeated requetta. 
It may aarve the out-of-towner aa a time-aaver In aeUction. 

PLAYS ON BROADWAY 

Current Broadway legitimate attractions are completely Hated and 
tommented upon weekly in Variety under the headmgi "Showa In New 
York and Comment." 

In that department, both In the comment and the actual amount of 
the groaa receipts Of each show, will be found the necessary Information 
aa to the most auccessful playa, alao the scale of admliaion charged. 



^- contract suit. 



Couldn't Make It 

Standing on the 17th tee at Lido, 



Chamber L. Hasley, 27, film stunt 
man, faces five charges of reckless ' 
driving, driving while drunk, hit- 
and-run driving, assaulting an offi- 
cer and resisting arrest as a re- 
sult of a melee when two policemen 



Off Catalina Islatld, strained a leg Loiig. igiand, recently, Roy Royston, stage show 



NEW FEATURE PICTURES OF Week 

Capitol^"Cardboard Lover" (Davies) and Jack Osterman leading 



tendoii and will be out of the pic- 
ture a week. 
Berhie Cummins, orchestra di- 



the British Juvenile, needed a 4 and 
a 5 for a 79. He finished with a 6 
I and 6. 

Louella Gear, the comedienne, re- 
, rector at the Hotel Biltmore, New I hearsing in the same show with 
attempted to arrest him. Hasley York, recovering In St. Vincent's Royston. and who also likes her 
was beaten into unconsciousness Hospital after a minor operation, eolf , states her lowest for 18 holes 

and both officers were bruised be- I . .. , , | is 102 

fore the arrest was accomplished. 

. — May Wallace Waters, who has , Come and Take 

Saily Eilers; Wampas Baby Star, Ljggj^ ailing over a. year, was Harold Lloyd, rated a good golfer, 
had Her contract with Mack Sennett 



Paramount— "Water Hole" (Holt- Carroll) and good stage show. 
Rialto — "The Patriot" (Jannlngs) (run). 
Rivoli-^"Tempest:J' John . Barrymore) (sound) (run). 
Roxy — "Fazil" (Farrell-Nissen) (run). 

Strand— "State St. Sadie" (Vitaphone) and talker shorts. 



SPECIAL FEATURES WORTH SEEING 
"Wings" "The Red Dance" and Movietone "White Shadows" 

"The Air Circus" "Submarine" "Lilac Time" 



formally approved by court and on 
the same day was made co-defend- 
ant with William T. Hawks, said to 
be her business manager, in a dam- 

age suit for $26,235, as result of an Eden, N. T. Tom Waters, her hus 



rem-oved this week from her suite considered himself beaten when Joe 
. ^ -rr i. , X Reddy, his press agent, tied with 

in Manhattan Square Hotel to tKe| j^j^ the Coast 

House of Calvary Hospital, Mt 



NIGHT LIFE 

Chateau Madrid atop the 54th St. Club is doing the bulk of cafe bte. 
Helen Morgan's is a morgue and Texas Guinan's Salon Royal with Tex 
Vitaphoning In Hollywood Is also slack. Other cafes are hanging on 
Lloyd was 'way off his game and hike, the Frivolity and Silver Slipper, benefiting from established prestige 



automobile collision. Clarence Win- 
chester, milk wagon driver, is the 
plaintiff. He charged that she ran 
into his milk wagon, spilled the 
milk and injured him. Hawks is the 



Hopkins' new play. 



band, is In 

"Machinal;". 

Perty Askam, heading "Desert 
Song" at the Majestic, Los An 



Reddy very much on. Reddy Is wait- 
ing for a call to get out and take 
what he knows is coming. 



owner of the car Miss Eilers was ggjes, forced to leave production 
driving. The accident occurred'" 
Aug. 16. Her contract with Sennett, 
which required court approval by 
reason of her being a minor, pro- 
vides for a beginning salary of $75 a 
week, to be increased until she Is to 
receive $1,000 a week in 1932. 

An explosion and fire, said to have 
been caused by a leaking gai3 main, 
did about $200 damage on one of the 
stages at the Paramount studio 
Aug. 30i 

James P. Hogan, motion picture 
director, adjudged guilty of con- 
tempt by Los Angeles court for fail- 
ure to pay $200 a month separate 
maintenance to his wife, Mildred 
Hogan. Hogan was given week to 
raise $200 tp apply on arrears be- 
fore sentence is Imposed. 



Golf Games Cjeaning Up 

Miniature golf games of various 
sorts have been getting a big play 
for an indefinite period suffering L^t the resorts this summer. Charges 
from nervous exhaustion. Taken to ^ange from » nickel to 25 cents for 
Hollywood hospital. each player, the latter price being 

Oscar Babcock, , dare-devil, was charged those who play the minla- 
seriously injured during a perforni- ture 18-hole golf course laid out 
ance at Youngstown, O,, he fell, ■with bunkers, sand traps and water 
breaking a bone ir. his shoulder. holes, adjoining the boardwalk at 
Charles Palazzi, Equity repre- | Asbury Park. 



and following, but suffering through padlocking notoriety. 
. The - speaks and. whisper-lows are the candy for the convlvlallsts. 
Hotel roofs also registering and roadhouses, notably Vincent Lopez at 
Woodmansten Inn, enjoying their seasonal opportunities. Pavilion Royal 
now holds Aaronson's Commanders for this Week only. Ben Riley's 
Arrowhead doing well as Is Post Lodge with Its Westchester younger 
following. 



The new automobile of Charles 
"Buddy" Rogers, screen actor, suf- 
fered the fate of the innocent byr 
fitandier When two bandits held up 
■Howard Geer, Hollywood merchant, 
W;hen Geer resisted; the bandits shot 
at him and escaped with $400, con- 
tained in Geer's wallet.. The bullet 
penetrated Geer's coat and went on 
tlirough Rogers' car, which was 
standing near the holdup scene. 

Cordell Fray, . protege of LiCw 
Cody, screen actor, who walked into 
Cody's home as a movie fan and re- 
mained to make his home with Cody, 
eloped with Lyla Comer, of Bakers- 
field. Cody sent Fray to business 
college where Miss Comer was also 
a student. Tlie marriage took place 
In Tia Juana. 

Jane Beckmaster, .23, film extra, 
was stricken totally blind a few 
hours after she had taken a drink 
of liquor given her by a male friend 
and is in the Los Angeles General 
hospital, with little hope of ever see 
Ing again. Theodore Ray, of Holly 
wood, was arrested as the person 

_whp_gave tjie actrcs3_ the alleged 

~irolson"BqtrCrrana"1To^^ 
and Lawrence A. McNamara, also of 
Hollywood, were taken. Into custody 
on suspicion of being involved with 
the liquor given the girl. 

Another screen extra, Jo.qophine 
Depew, was with Miss Beckmaster 
when they met Ray, who Invited 
them to his apartment. Miss De- 
pew, It Is said, only sipped a small 



sentative is confined in the Hos- 
pital for Ruptured and Crippled, 
New York, suffering with muscular 
rheumatism, 

Roseray (Roseray and Capella) 
was injured at the fourth show at 
the Capitol, New York, Sunday 
night and was removed to the 
French Hospital, New York. Her 
partner missed a catch and she tore 
several leg ligaments. 

Georgia Adams (Mrs. James 
Francis-Robertson) is critically ill 
In Memorial hospital, Neyir York^ 
wliere slie was operated upon for' 
septic poisoning of the jaw. 



This course grinds day and night 
and Sunday night, at 11 o'clock, 
the line Up of players waiting to 
tee oft at each hole resembled a 
Sunday morning line at Salisbury, 



JAY'S "ALSO BAN" DID 

South Norwalk, Sept. 4. 
, The Shuberts and Selwyns united 
here for the boat races, last week. 
Sonny Selwyn drove young Jay 
Shubert's small o'utboard motor- 
boat "Also Ran," in the races oflC 



. Film Daily's Tournament 

Film Daily's semi-annual golf 
tournament is set for Sept. 11 at 
the Sound , View Country Club, 
Great Neck. Bruce Gallup, of United 
Artists> will again act as handi- 
capper and general supervisor, of 
.details. ^^,„ 

Being on a Tuesday the Variety 
muggs will be at press and unable 
to give their customary demonstra- 
tion of how not to play a brassie. 



RECOMMEMDED SHEET MUSIC 
"Revenge" "Forgetting You" 

"Dream House" "Don't Cry Baby" 

"Moonlight Madness" "Old Mali Sunshine' 



Inside Stuf-Sports 

What Indisposed Bottomley 

There's a story around which has to do with the recent indisposition 
of Sunny Jim Bottomley, first baseman fo'r the Card'3, and for which 
there have been no vehement denials as yet. The story goes that the 
indisposition which sent Bottomley tp his home near here In the thick 
of the Cardinals' fight for the pennant was caused ' by the extreme end 
of the mighty arm of Chick Hafey. The indisposition supposedly took 
effect on Bottomley's nose and the germ that caused the Illness is said 
to have been the fact that Bottomley had been riding the hard hitting 

:Outfleld6r_,for:jweek3., _ ' . .- . . 

Hafey, known to his mates and all men by these, presents as of the 
mildest dispolsltion possible, is said to have tired of the riding and to 
have let go of his mighty arm much after the .fashion he enri ploys when 
throwing a man out at the plate from deep left field or what have you. 



FISHERMAN TASTED 'EM 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4.. 
John P.'^Goodrldge recently caught 
12 yellowtall In a half day, off San 
1 Diego. 



Goodridge, one of the most expert 
RPton Point, and to the chagrin of I fishermen on the coast, was In swim- 
the theatre, the craft proved itself mlng" and noted a heavy run of 
aptly named. sardines. Sensing the following 

One boat that is missed In the yellowtall he advised the fishing 
waters this season is "Rose of | barge owner to move his craft fur- 



Spain," Ted llcaly'3 boat. It is 
still hibernating for its skipper Is 
out west with "A Night in Spain." 
FJlliott Nugent put , his bo'at up to 
go to Chlcagc; while Walter Plim- 
nior, jr., is al.so mis-scd from local 
boating clrclog. 



ther out. Some 60 other examples 
of the sporting fish were captured 
by tlie 170 fishermen on the barge. 



FIGHT MOVES OVEE LINE 

Seattle, Sept. 4 
^.|.^-^B0xing,--whioh=-ha3--beon-getting-l when-t 



5 Rum Cars Valued at 
$50,000 Taken on Lake 

Plattsburgn,. Tr. T., Sept. 4. 
One of the biggest rum seizures of 
the season was made last week 
when the Lake Champlain guard 
patrol grabbed five high priced cars 
laden with the most expensive 
brands of liquor and beer. Capture 
was madei aboard the steamer Ver- 
mont, of the Lake Champlain 
Ti'anspdrtatioh Company, tiie boat 
being commanded by Capt. Eli B, 
Rockwell, who, at 98, is the oldest 
i-teamboat captain In the world. 
Capt. Rockwell's astonishment 



W. P. Kyne to Wed 

William P. Kyne, maniiger of the 
current race meet at Ucno, and the 
chief flfirure in Utah racing for the 
past two years, has t.'iUon out a 
license to wed Mrs. Jiorothy S. 
Moyle, divorcee, 



by here in spite of an antl lavir, 
came in for a k. o. when an effort 
was made to hold a battle between 
Tod Morgan, junior lightweight 
champ, and Wildcat Carter at the 
new civic auditorium. 

Authorities drew the line and the 
fight was moved to Vancouver, B. C. 



I booze cars had been located aboard 
his beloved ship, could only bo pic- 
tured by a camera. It is understood 
that the machines were run on the 
Vermont while docked here. The 
rum gendarmes were waiting for 
the steamer to tie up at Burlington, 
Vt. Four of the drivers failed to 



clainiL their cars, apparently having 
seen the officers in the searching 
act. A fifth chauffeur, hailing from 
Plattsburgh, was placed under ar- 
rest when he wailked up to claim 
the car. 

Machines valued at $50,000 were 
Immediately declared confiscated 
and will probably be turned over 
to the customs patrol. ^ 
No blame is attached to the ship's 
officers or to the company operat- 
ing. 



NEW ACTS 

Fred Miller, Grace and Walton. 

Ray Wiley and Miss Young 
.(Y.o.ung.=and_Xcmuc)^a.CLt,^rUt£n^M 
George Nagle. 

Jack Mundy and Joe Wallace, 

comedy act. ^ 
"No Other Girl," tab version Oi. 

former musical, 10. Harry Wright, 

producer, 

Franklyn and West. 

Murray and Wagner, acrobats. 



7- 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



TIMES SQUARE 



VARIETY 



45 



Wife Takes Poison 
AsTwoMenBatde 
h Her Apartment 



Charged with stabbing; J.ames 
Stark, salesman, io times with a 
peri knife in the apartment of his 
-wife, Ruth, on. the ninth floor of the 
Stanley hotel, 126 W. 47th street, 
. Jack Touchton, 24, a fruit salesman, 
■will be ari-atened in West Side 
; Court tomorrow (Thursday) before 
Magistrate Louis Brodsky; 

Alleged slashing took place early 
Sunday morning during an argu- 
ment in Mrs. Touchton's apartment. 
MrSi Touchton, 21, .witnessed the 
knifing according to r>etectives John 
. Coleman and Tom Walsh of the 
I? West 47th street station. The wo-r 
man ran from, the scene of the 
battle to a wash room and drained 
a small bottle containing lysol. Her 
face and breast were badly burned 
She was taken to Bellevue Hospital 
with Stark. Their conditlt)n is said 
'. to be . serious. Touchton fled after 
. the fracas. 

Touchton .denied the knifing, he 
was arrested after a chase, and 
told Coleman and Walsh that his 
.wife ie kriown as one of the Nor- 
walk Sisters of vaudeville. Also in 
the apartment at the time was 
Getaldlhe Robertson and Kenneth 
Haddock, a masseur. Miss Robert 
don is said 'to be the vaud© team-, 
inate of Mrs. Touchton. 

Touchton carne to the apartment 
about th^'ee a. m. and is said to 
have sovight to borrow $10 from, his 
wife. She asked Miss Robertson to 
give it to hini. When .Miss Robert 
'son gave lip, the sleuths say, Stark 
reproached her for it. . 

Battle Starts 
Then the battle started. The wo- 
men, became hysterical and Stark 
Was giving a good account of him- 
self when Touchton is alleged to 
have wielded the knife. ' 

Haddock sought to stop the flpht 
and Mrs, Touchton ran to an ad- 
. Joining room and drank the poison 
Haddock dashed the bottle from hep 
lips but not before she had taken 
plenty of it. He gave, hier first aid 
treatment. 

First the detectives knew about 
the . affair . was when Touchton 
•phoned and stated that two women 
had bounced a eln bottle over his 
head and robbed him of $75. Cole- 
man and WaJsh hurried to the 
apartment and found Stark and 
M»a. Touchton in bad shape. They 
summoned a.n ambulance. Miss 
Robertson led the police to Touch- 
ton who fled when he saw the de- 
tectives. He was overta,ken. In court 
an attorney for the defendant 
stated that Touchton had acted in 
self defense. 

The Touchtons have been married 
four, years and have a young son. 



Dance Hall Sheiks Held 
On Phone Girl's Charge 

Arraigned in West Side Court 
before Magistrate William A. Far- 
rell on a charge of criminal assault, 
Robert Leonard, 26 years old, a 
salesman, of 148 West 44th street, 
and Robert Taylor, 22, silk weaver, 
of 283 Main street, Rochester, N. 
Y„ waived examination and were 
held for the Grand Jury. 

Both- defendants pleaded not 
guilty. They were anrested by Pa- 
trolman Francis Houghton of West 
47th sti-eet, on the complaint of 
Kileen Dore, a Bronx telephone, op- 
erator', 1116 Woodycrest avenue, 
the Bronx. 

Miss Dore testified that both, de- 
fendants assaulted' her. She .said 
she was beaten by the pair when 
she resisted them. 

Taylor, she. said, mpt her on an 
I. R. T. subway platform in the 
Bronx. He spoke to her and prom- 
ised to teach her tango stcp.s. He 
invited her to a dance hall on 
Broadway. 

. He-,- took her to his fliat. There 
Taylbr told her he expected Leon- 
ard and the lattcr's girl friend, In- 
stead, she said, Leonard arrived 
alone and the attack followed. She 
was kept prisoner in the apartment 
during the night, she said. 



DIVORCES 



Boniface with a Heart 



An actor in. hock to a Times 
Pquaro hotel for $1S2 was no- 
tiliod by his agent that he had 
lined up several weeks' work. 
The actor's costumes and 
props were in three trunks at 
the hotel. He told the proprie- 
tor about the coming work and 
promised to pay off, but the 
prop refused to release the 
trunks or to allow the ihespian 
to take even a suit case. 

He remaihed firm when it 
was explained that without the 
trunks the time would have to 
' be '.cancelled. ■ The proprietor 
of a hotel, on 47th. street heard 
of the incident and promptly 
'sent a . check around for the 
actor's indebtedness, although 
the latter was a stranger to 
him. 



Bouncer Up for Assault 
After Two Years' Chase 



Flora Parker De Haven irranted 
divorce from Carter De HaVen, Aug 
29. She was fl-warded half of com 
munity property and half of De 
Haven^s future earnings. They had 
been married 21 years.. 

Ruth Hawthorne, playwright,, who 
authored "Mrs. Partridge Presents," 
is being sued for divorce by her 
husband, William Almon Wolff, 
novelist and scenarist. Wolff, Who 
Is 43, and a fonner member of the 
"Herald Tribune" staff, charges 
his wife 'vi'ith statutory offenses and 
in the' action filed at the. county 
seat at Bridgeport gives specific 
details, but fails to mention, thie 
name of the other man. Mrs. Wolff 
is in Europe^ 



STAGEHAND'S DESEETION 

Charles A. King, 38, stage hand 
who formerly stopped at the. Hard- 
ing hotel, was a:rrested by detectives 
Patrick Flood a.nd Roger Meehan, 
of the 47th street station, on com- 
plaint of his wife. King is charged 
with being a fugitive .from Atlantic 
City where he is wanted for de- 
sertinff his wife and two children 
last January. 

King will be taken back to At- 
lantic City as soon as extradition 
papers are completed. 

ELKS' NEW CJLTIB 

The largest Elks' club house in 
[ the world, the new edifice in Brook 
lyn, opens witli a formal banquet 
Sept. 8. 

Eli Dantzlg and his Metro-Gold 
wyn-Mayer Orchestra (15). will be 
the permanent attraction and will 
broadcast thrice weekly. 



Patrick Brown, formerly a bounc 
er in the Balconnades dahce hall, 
66th street and Columbus avenue, 
ijought for two years as a, fugitive 
in connection- with assaulting a pa- 
tron in the dance place, and also 
to be questioned In connection with 
the death of a patrolman, was cap 
turcd by detectives Edward. Fitz 
gerald, John McNamara and Jack 
Cronin of Inspiector Coughlin's 
staff. 

. B^pWn, apparently happy that; the 
hunt was . over, was arraigned in 
West Side Court hefore Magistrate 
Andrew Macrery and held without 
bail for the Grand Jury. When 
Brow-n ' skipped the authorities he 
had been held in bail of $2,500. The 
bond was forfeited. 

The ex-bouncer was arrested 
after a stiff fight at 15th street and 
Seventh avenue. The sleuths had to 
beat him Into submission before 
Brown yielded to ai-rest. He at 
tenipted to toss McNamara under 
the wheels of a taxicab. 

He is a former pugilist and was 
charged with assaulting a man 
with a black jack. 

The day after the attack Brown 
was with Patrolman John McGuiro, 
West 68th street station. They had 
words, a fist fight ensued and Brown 
is alleged, to have struck the blue 
coat. The latter was felled and struck 
his hear on the flagging. He died the 
next day. Brown then fled frpni 
city to. city. . 

He told reporters that the patiTol 
man met his death by being struck 
hy a taxicab. ^rpwn has a; police 
record, the sleuths said. 



A Wise Booker Balks 
At Too Great Bargain 

Osboin Putnam SI oani.-^, theatrical 
'honkor wlUi ollloo in the Palai'C 
Theatre htiililins, will he the cona- 
plainant this we<>k atxainst Jp.<'eph 
Koniere, "4 year.«* old, .a chauffeur, 
of 319.Kast, Sath ."^troot. i-harjjed 
with atiojnptinf^ to soil automobile 
tiros fraudulently. 

t^teartis drivinp: his. auto 'on West 
4Sth street !«alcl he \v.t..s api>riiac'hed 
by ]v(inei-(>, who al:?o \\>is in an 
:xuto,. • Ueniere olfercHl tw.p ■•I'nite'd 
States Uoyal" tires for $jrj, Stearns 
said 

Hemere, he, fleela rcd; tore a' poo - 
tion of tlio papet' eovering to shinv 
the . word "rn'itod' States.'.' The 
whole tnarUini? was, "..Made In the 
United States," 

Stearns had read in Variety of 
a gang operating a phoney tire sale 
swindle. He directed Remci-e to te.ar 
off some more of the covering 
Remere, angered,' refused. Stearns 
then seized Remere by the scruff of 

the neck and turned ; hl"i o'V^^'J^ 
Dcftectives Gilman and Qilroy. 

The tires are discarded ones re 
built, Remere told the sleuths, He 
denied that he represented them to 
be the U. S. Royal Gords, How 
ever an attorney that represented 
th<! rubber company was in court. 
He told reporters Remwe had been 
arrested for the same offense be- 
fore. Nominal bail was fixed. 



DRIVE ON STEERERS 
AND DOUBTFUL CLUBS 

Cops Chase Pathfinders and 
Then Start After Resorts— 
. Fines and Warrants 



Chatter in the Loop 



Modern ambition of a vaude actor 
not acting at present, as overheard 
in front of the Woods buiiding. 

"I'm gonna leave show business 
flat. Gotta chance: to open a saloon 
Jn:^Q?jih Chicago/ : 



Frank. Dare, head of Actors' 
Equity here, keeps ft fan going in 
his office .throughout the year. He 
smokes pipes that would bite a 
horse. 



"Does" Terry Bliimigott . rate well 
in Chi?" 

"Naw;\he went to Milwaukee for 
the. weekend and the Chicago Com- 
edy Club didn't even give him a 
Cadillac." , 



.Ez Keough," agent, has that cer- 
tain rating. With Ez moving his 
trappings for probably permanent 
location in New York, the Comedy 
Club threw one of its traditional 
pcndoffs for him, and threw in a 
Cadillac in case Ez didn't like the 
party. 



line In the "American." has been 
assumed by Fritz Blockl. The name 
has appeared in print rarely during 
the past two years, since Fred Mc- 
Quigg, head of the amusement de- 
partment, preferred personal iden- 
tificstiefir-^ ' 



W. Wf Major, once city ed. of the 
"American," warms the same chair 
on the "Journal" under the latter's 
hew regime. Ted Tod, one of the 
town's ace police reporters, als:o was 
lured away from the "American" by 
the "journal's" new bosses. 



"Bubbles" Is Tactless 

In describing Tex Guinan for his 
sheet, a local feature writer, says 
she talked with "bubbling lips," 



Nude in Y. M. C. A. 

Westport, Sept. 4. 

A nude pastel painting of a young 
girl by Everett Shinn caused a lot 
of. excitement in. town last week. 
The nude was hung in the West- 
port ,y. M. C. A., art gallei-y. The 
janitor's wife complained tha.t It 
was Imnrtoral, and the painting was 
thrown in the cellar. 

Shinn reclaimed the nude FHday 
and sent it to. New York for exhi- 
bition. In the meantime the local 
artists' colony threatens to leave in 
a body if the townspepple can't. ap- 
preciate their art. 

"We'll paint for janitor's wife 
when janitor' i3 wife buys paintings, " 
John Held, Jr., famous cartoonLst 
and sceiiie designer, told the Y. ofll 
Cialfl. 



TAKES SHUBERT DARE 



stage Hands Stage Battle 
On 45th St. About 11 P.M. 

A pitched battle of stagehands, 
froni several of the 45th street thea- 
tres, took' place Friday night In the 
middle of the street Which has been 
barred to trafhc . for . the past week 
due to a relaying of the street. 

Battle began about : lO.DO P. M. 
and was witnessed by about 3,600 
people. It didn't last long and the 
pjirticipants were separated by 
some women. Nobody seriously 
hurt. 



Stoevers .have made theni.^elves 
searee din-lnp: .ihe. past wei-k. .'^Ince 
T')epviiy Cliief In.'^VH>otor J. S. Kolan 
and Captaih lOdward Tiennun of 
West 4Tth sir«-«t, began a diivo to 
rid ihe main stem of them the 
boys have fled for cover. 

A week af^^o doteefives from the 
stuff , of Inspector Kolan and I:en- 
non rounded up six alleped steer- 
ers. They were fmea in West Side. 
Court but not satisfied with dis- 
orderly conduct,, the polii'e have de- ' 
cided .to charge them with the nvore 
serious crime of vacrancy. Oorh- 
plalnts of out of towners being 
taken in the night cltib.s liave be- 
come too frequent foi* Bolan and 
Lennoh. Some of the oliih.s will And. 
it hard if the .steerer is perma- 
neritly chased, 

A round up of night vl«l)-s fol- 
lowed the raid on the steerer.s. De- 
tectives Francis Dolan and Rich- 
ard Tobin of. Captain LennivtVs- staff 
began an intensive ilrlve on the 
places having no cabaret licenses. : 
■The.se served with sumtnon.ses were 
Jack Sullivan. Chateau. Tliierry 
Club, 135 W. B2nd street, Sullivan 
said there had been a delay on rec- 
ognition since he' took over the 
place. Magistrate Farrell fined hini 

?i25.... 

Jack Boyle, of the Idle Iloiir Club, 
115 W, 48lh istreet, pleaded not 
•guilty to the same offense a:nd of- 
fered an excuse, "$100," thundered 
the Court, and the other night club 
managers became panicky. As their 
names were called they asked for 
adjournriients. Magistrate Farrell "i 
was compelled to grant these on 
the first hearing but saw to it that 
the cases . would be heard by hfni, > 
Next tp follow for operating a 
cabaret without a license was Jack 
Sharkey of the Film Club, 727 Sev- 
enth avenue, and Max St<iinberg, 
of the Frolic Club, 37 W. 49tJh 
sti'cet. Both got adjournments and 
the Court flxed/$500 bail. When the 
bases were called on the adjourned 
dates the defendants failed to ap- 
pear. Magistrate .Farrell forfeited 
bail and issued wa,rrants on the. de- 
fendants. 

'The Magistrates and police are 
co-operating to rid the Square o.£ 
questionable places. 



Abe Lyman was out of "Good 
..MfiuWa'J^for^aJvcek-on^a.:^vJsit..to..=N£.^ 
York, carrying his secretary, l>ob 
Goldstein, in ciise, he wanted to 
write any postcards. 

"Doris Arden," picture critics on 
tlje "Dally Journal," is Muriel Ver- 
non, formerly feature writer on tlie 
same .sheet. 



"The Optimist," Jeglt re^' >)y- 



' What looks like an outright effort 
to encourage marriage has taken 
place in the local Music Corp. of 
America ofTlce, which Is full of 
bachelors. Formerly all stenog- 
raphers were grouped in one de- 
partment, and would respond to the 
buzzer in rotation regardless of who 
buzzed. 

Now each .^stenographer is as- 
signed 1tp"We""m^ 
to as a private secretary. 

Ballast 

Driving from Toledo to Akron, O., 
Jack Crawford, orcliestra- leader, 
crashed head-on into Another car. 
Crawford weighs 300 lbs in his 
.<?tocking feet and claims that's all 
that kept bis car on the road. 



(Continued, from page 1) 
and then offered $30,000 to Rogers 
to buy House's contract, payable 
at $250 a week for every week the 
actor worked. Rpgers stated . he 
would consider $30,000 in cash, 
Shubert replied he would be in a 
fine mess if something happened 
to House, and Rogers countered that 
he would defray the premiums of 
an insurance policy in favor of the 
Shuberts on House's life to circum- 
vent any such mishap, Rogers 
adds that this suggestion didn't seem 
to please Shubert and . he ^naUylett 
that office at 1 a. m'., leaving T^ouse,'' 
Lyons and the producer behind. 

Rogers states that next day House 
phoned him stating he had signed 
with, the Shuberts a.t 3 a, m, that 
morning and Bubsequently refused 
to go froih an Atlantic City vaude- 
ville bopking to. the n.ext' stand in 
Baltimore because of rehearsals 
with the ^htibertfl. . 

Rejects .House's Sugflestion 
Rogers states that at House's sug- 
gestion he again accompanied him 
to .Shubcrt's ofllce and that J. J. 
again offered to bet him $20,000 that 
the plaintiff would lose in an in- 
junction plea. House, meantime, 
had suggested that Rogers pay him 
$G50 a week, or twice the $325 which 
was his top salary with Rogers at 
the time Shubert and Lyons saw 
the Hou.sc -act ("Resolutions," a 
sketch), at the Palace, Nf:W York, 
and that Rogers receive the dlffer- 
Wrev"B'ut""=ShTihert;^^^^ 
Iloger.s' aflldavit, stated he would 
liavc no business dealings with the 
vaudeville man. ' 

House is alleged to be unique and 
exlr.'iordinary, weighing 285 pounds. 

Tlie Shuberts are making a mo- 
tion for a change of venue to bring 
the matter for trial in the New York 
County Supreme Court, 



A. & B. Dow agency Is bpbkihg 
the Majestic, Jersey City, on Sun- 
days. John Coutes was recently 
^iven credit for booking- the house 
in an ad which appeared in Va- 
I riety, 



On the Square 



Parody Men Back 

Parody men. are back on the Square. For many years, with the parody 
vogue dead in vaudeville, the vendors of allleged comedy versionK of the . 
contemporary song bits had been absent from the Street. 
"Ramona" and "Laugh, Clown, LaUgh" parodies brought them- hack. 

A ''Kitty Game" 

Saratoga's season, probably the best yet as far as the track waa 
concerned, was described by one of the big New York players as "just 
a kitty game." In other words the layers and the players were Just 
pOOliTigr-thelr-dough to meet expenses, • .^...^ 

Despite the fact that the books early last week were reported in the 
hole to the extent of $2,000,000 its a safe bet that few of the steady horse 
players took any hig do"Ugh out of the Spa. The books, however, re- 
trieved a considerable part of their earlier losses on getaway, day when 
four favorites were defeated. 



Alderman's Wire 

Final week of the races at. Saratoga packed a fliiancial wjillop for 

most of the players. • , , li. 

Alderman Murray Stand, well known Times S<iuarlte. vol-ed the 
sentiments of unknown thousands .when he wired a friend: 'Ousted, 
disgusted and not trusted." 

Great For Pin« 

Toy balloons big enough to lift a youngster off the street on :i windy 
day are the latest free diversion for stem hystandcrs. 

The Kale lads are finding the ballyhoo an expensive one, hnw-ver, 
.since tlie size of the balloon, often shields the; pin .vt)f>l<fT l-fore the 
startling pop. 



Three Year Run 

Those' shimmy shaking paper dolLs, ped.lled by s>iit''a.-e pii.-li men 
stationed in Broadway .shop doorways at the late the.itie li.'ur. Iiave 
h?Kl.._n bout: the, . longest .Halc8.,run^ 

the main stem.. ThcyWc sold steadily for the iTar-t Hiree j < ai 



A dumb looking .shill tugging on an luvl.sible h]uc\: thn^ad c..|.!...l^? the 
niovenu-nts of the dolls. Vi.sitors to New York ov r Lal.or ix.y Atnx 
for the .shakers In large numbers. 

Times Building's Red "T" 
Times building now h.as a huge T atop it.s flafip-le w!.l. h "P 
in red at night and flaunts d-flanoe at the Panim.uMit s ^^ lui.. },1..vk mg 
globe aoroHS the street and ahave It, 



46 



VARIETY 



W O M E N' S PAGE 



Wednesday, September .5, 1928 



Gray Matter 

By MOLLIE GRAY 



More £ar Than Eye 

Palace now lias a program mapa- 
kine on better quality paper. May 
be an omen of better programs to 
print in them. 

An entertaining show designed 
for the car more than the eye. No 
iostumlng means anything until the 
last act, Don Lee and Mile. Loui.se, 
Introduced by two girls in metallic 
oloth caps, one white the^ other 
yellow and both trimmied with coke 
leathers to match. Mile, ' Louise's 
first gown was plrobaly meant to be 
white with a large silk bow at the 
hip, but a later one oif tiny ruffles, 
both inside and out, was I'eally 
white and very jpretty.. A peacock 
ornamenting the set wa.s beautiful- 
ly colored. A Russian costume 
was novel and cute. Finale cos- 
tumes were vaguely familiar, one 
6i blue silk fringe under a gold 
beaded green wrap being effective. 

Harrington Sisters showed their 
usual pink silk kid dresses and 
Trixie Friganza exhausted both her 
supply of gowns and all her ma- 
terial in encores. Maria Valente, in 
black trousers and white silk 
blouse, is a refreshingly different 
little lady and a welcome foreign 
Invader. ' 

Ben Bernle should give his In- 
Btrumorits more time to entertain. 
Mary Lee evidently didn't know she 
was supposed to dress, up the act, 
as Mr. Bernie said, but she can 
dance. 



That Burlesque Tinge 

"Padlocks of 1928," at the Slst 
Street, is a much amended version 
of last yeai^s show and being; con- 
densed into an act Is another im- 
provement. It may be a relation 
in name only, the sketclies have 
been used so often by so many 
burlesque shows, before and since 
"Pidlocks.'^ . Nothing much to it 
but a lot of noise and for no rea- 
son. . ;. ■ 

Marjorle Leach, actins hostess, 
arrived via the orchestra In gold 
cloth embroldei'Cd In gold beads and 
clung to the other coin color, silver, 
tor her other dr6ssy appearance 
with several undressy ones be- 
tween. Harriet Hilllard looked 
nicest In a blue taffeta with the 
buffant skirt edged Avith net and 
trimmed with tiny, rosebuds, a 
large shoulder . bow and long ends 
adding to its attractiveness. Her 
voice and diction are very good 
when making an announcement, too 
sduch so for thd common stuff sur- 
rburiding it. 

Girls are pretty without much 
costume help. A ballet creation 



with purple velvet bodice had some 
0-' thom backle.ss and others con- 
siderably covered, hot because 
there was less velvet but rnore back 
in some cases. . All wore tights, an- 
other instance where the act im- 
proves the show. 



Lots of People 

All New York seempd to be try- 
ing to get intO; the State Mo ndai^ 
afternoon. When tho battle was 
won the only new act was I^rince- 
tor. and Yale, ' but. "Ramona'J was 
the picture. Girl of the collegiate 
duo, wore a coat dress in black 
!3?tin with collar of blue which also 
showed under the silk fringe of the 
skirt. Her hat and slippers and 
swagger stick were also of blue. 

Helen Moretti's fine figure, showed 
to advantage in a silver and navy 
blun gown which she wore when 
seen some time ago. Most of the 
audience liked her voice. Gracella 
and Theodore are as graceful as 
ever also in the same costumes. 



Coats Off 

The emancipation of the male is 
accomplished; he how reclines in 
the theatre with his coat off him- 
self but on whoever is nearest to 
him. 

The feminine member of Samp- 
sel and Leonhardt, at the American, 
vamped It in black satin draped to 
the left hip ' with a slight bustle 
effect, small hat, feather trimmed, 
black beads and bag and again In 
black taffeta extended over the hips 
with gold embroidered black net 
making the skirt, a' gold spangled 
cape with a . train covering it. She 
makes no secret of her fine figure; 

The announcer of Harry Ells- 
worth's Company spoke of a "bevy 
of beautiful girLs" making it sound 
like two-thirds of ^ popular brand. 
Opening tambourine costumes were 
unattractive except the soloist who 
wore silver with red and silver rib" 
bon fringe and silver wig. A white 
lace and satin Spanish costume had 
baskets outlined in black on both 
hips and a metallic ensemble of 
green had the wrap trimmed with 
a darker velvet, very good looking. 
Only nice costumes the girls had 
might have come from a Capitol 
ballet, they were of feathers and 
satin, the fronts cerise, the backs 
white, but they wereft't used to 
advantage here as In the Capitol. 

"Beau Broadway"^ had queer ideas 
about children, thinking one who 
played with a doll's house and 
hobbyhorse, would be able to do 
housework. All for the sake of a 
lame gag. Gilbert Clark costumed 



Aileen Prlngle and Sue Carol In 
tight-ftttlng metallic cloths and 
soft chiffons appropriate to the 
tight-fitting metallic character of 
Miss Prin^rle and the soft flowery 
one of Miss Carol. One of Miss 
I'rihgle's gowns had bead fringe 
falling from the hip at one side and 
almost \ to the floor on the other 
side. It gave her a great knee dis- 
play when sitting. Her 'dark cloth 
coat, had tight collar of - fur with 
the same bordering the cape sleeyes. 
Sue'.^ dark bead and spangle gown 
was too sophlstl Ud for her onrly 
innocence, but not for her. latter 
choice of hero. 



Splend,id 

"The Patriot" Is anybody's money's 
woi-th for splendid performances by 
Emll Jannlngs and Lewis Stone, for 
impressive sets and the Russian 
choir. Florence Vldor means Uttle, 
except as part of the decorations. 
If her jewelry Is authentic for 1801, 
the necklaces and bracelets are just 
reaching the 1928 girls now. Most 
men are so much Improved with 
those white wigs It's a wonder they 
don't revive the feishlon for them- 
selves. 



Pariis or Hollywood 

They use mirrored walls to in- 
crease the ci-owds In "Two Brothers," 
which Is probably cheaper than 
hiring tliat many people. It's as 
foolish to expect something pleasant 
in a German picture as ln> a dentist's 
oflflcfe. At least the women star's aire 
dressing more humanly, the two girls 
showing fur trimmed silk and cloth 
coats that were good looking. A 
velvet gown was high In front, 
draped softly to tho shoulders and 
low in the back with a center point 
i-eaching a row of stones at the 
neck. , Another velvet was hideous 
with a wide bow In beads covering 
most of tiie front of the skirt and 
well around to tho hips. Another 
of the "vamp's" ideas of decoration 
was a jeweled pin caught In her 
hair letting a single stone hang 
in the center of her forehead. An 
embroidered frock with skirt shirred 
to the lonjg bodice was pretty. Skirts 
were all rather long but just how 
it's hard to tell whether they're ad- 
vance or ancient fashion. Of course 
Germany , Is nearer to Paris but 
then Hollywood is beside itself. 



Mild 

"The Romance of a Rogue" is a 
mild one and Anita Stewart doesn't 
help change the adjective. Anything 
H. B. Warher docs for a long time 
will seem trivial after "King of 
Kings." Anita wore a good looking 
plaid'^Soat with an elbow length cape 
trimmed with small metal buttons 
in a row down each side. The nar- 
row collar of a dark silk frock ended 
(Continued on page 47) 



Newport 



, Entertains Mr. Simmons 

General and Mrs. J. Fred Plerson 
have a house In town and a ylUa 
In Newport". Each Sunda.y during 
tho summer and winter seasons 
Mrs. Plerson gives muslcales. In 
town musicians are In evidence, in- 
cluding Mme. Fely Clement, at 
Newport this summer, Eric Zardo, 
from vaudeville, and Ernest Ro- 
maine Simmons, long accompanist 
and secretary to Mn\©, Lillian Nor- 
dica and for years of Importance In 
tiie Shubert ofTlces. He occasionally 
gives a box for , a Shubert produc- 
tion to Mrs. Plerson. 



Tom Douglas Back 

Tom Douglas has had an unusual 
career. A young American slctor, 
he was an Intimate friend of Glenn 
Hunter. After Hunter starred In 
Mertori of the Movies," he was in- 
trumental in selecting Douglas for 
the role in London. Although the 
comedy failed in England, Douglas 
made such a hit that he remained 
there for several years, appearing 
In one play after another.- He 
starred In "Yoimg Woodley," which 
Huntet used in this country. 

Now Douglas comes to Broadway 
In support of Dorothy Gish in 
"Young Love," her husband, James 
Rennle, as leading man. A few 
years ago It was reported Douglas 
was engaged to Teddie Gerard, the 
American actress who is better 
known abroad. 

Starting in the : chorus of 
Havana," Teddie was named as co- 
respondent when Linda Lee, first of 
the three wives of the late E. R. 
Thomas, , secured a divorce from 
him. Later Teddie married Joseph 
Raymond, who died in an insane 
asylum. She was then associated 
with George Bronson Howaxd, the 
playwright, who committed suicide. 

When Barry Baxter, young Eng- 
lish actor, died In New York, where 
he had hobnobbed with Lord Aling- 
ton, Teddie Gerard took his re- 
mains back to England, 



The Rathbones 

Stopping at the Muenchinger- 
Klng, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Rathbone, 
Violet Kembie Cooper and her 
brother, Anthony Kembie Cooper, 
have intrigued the '. other guests. 
Basil and Violet , are the leads in 
"The Grand Duchess and the 
Walter," the French comedy, which 
served Adplphe Menjou for the 
movies. 

Mr. Ratlibone has a family tree 
more distinguished than that of 



various society people of Newport, 
for he Is a son, of Edgar Rathbone, 
a grandson of , Philip Rathbone, a 
great-grandson of William Rath- 
bone, English philanthropist, and , a 
great-grandson of that William 
Rathbone, philanthropist, who was 
born 20 years before tho American 
Revolution. 

-'After Basil was divorced from 
Marian Forman, an actress, he mar- 
ried Ouida Bergere, .who had di- 
vorced George FItzmaurice; movie 
director, j'ltzmaurlce then rriarrled 
Diana Kane,, movie actress, sister, of 
Lois Wilson. 

Miss Bergere, who once ran a the-i 
atrical agency and later became a. 
scenario writer. Is still remembered 
in connection with a remark at- 
tributed to the late Barbara La Mar, 
movie star.. It Is said that while 
Barbara was being directed by 
FltzmauricOi Ouida kept Interfering, 
untll MIss La Mar exclaimed: "Oh, 
be yourself, Ida Berger!" 



Coward -Noveilo 

A film version of "The Vortex," 
Noel Cowayd's drama, which was % 
moderate success In New. York, 
was offered at the 5 th Avenue 
Playhouse, with Ivor Novello in the. 
Coward role and Wlllette Kershaw 
as, the mother. Coward and Novello 
are close friends, moving In the 
same temperamental set In Londom 
NoveUo came to America a few 
years ago and appeared in Grif- 
fith's picture, "The White Rose," 
without 'making much of a noise. 

Miss Kershaw Is an American 
who has acquired a fortune, and of 
recent years has lived Irt fine stylo 
In London... Hailing from CUfton 
Heights, Mo., she appeared as a 
child-actress In 1901 with the Bern- 
hardt-Coquelln company, s u b s e - 
quently , touring with Walker 
Whiteside. In 1905 she was at the 
14th Street theatre in "Marching 
Through Georgia," and the next 
season succeeded Laura Hope Crews 
in "Brown of Harvard." In 1910 she 
was in "Tho Country Boy," and five 
years later was in "The Unchas- 
tened Woman." In , 1917 she was 
featured in the Chicago tryout of 
"The Crowded Hour." When this 
piece opened in New York Jane 
Cowl was the star, and It was re-, 
ported Miss Cowl had received 
threatening letters warning her 
against continuing In the role. In 
1920 Miss Kershaw was in vaude- 
ville, the next year going to Lon- 
don, where she has remained ever 
since. She was divorced from David 
Sturgls. 



l^m£Ty-'S -y^^'^^^-Ill ^^^^ 'U V\-H ERE TO- 

BLUE^ R IB BON ^:LP§^T S H O EL- yXN D - DIIV E 



v\ HERE TO 
S H O - /XN D - DIIV E 



CLEANERS 


FLORISTS 


mSGH 

Theatrical Cleaner and Dyer 

Work Done Overnight 
Gnoda Called for' and Delivered 
X35 IT. iltb St. Lackawanna 8S02 


The Appropriate Gift 

A. WARDENDORFF, INC. 
Hotel Astor Lark. SSflS 


EAVES COSTUME CO. 
Costumes of Every Description 
For Every Occasion : 
161-103 West 40tb Street— Eaves nidcr. 


FOOTWEAR 

SIIOKT^VAMp'RHOEir'''^ ^ 
- (Trade Mark) 
First French Boot Shop In America 
EHfiibllHhed 1A87 Booklet 
WILLIAM BERNSTEIN 
0 West 37th Street 


DRAPERIES 


SpHng Styles Now- on Dlsplaj 
To« .md Hiillct SUnpcrB of Every Dwcrlptlon 

038 7tfi Avenue, nt 54th Stmct Phone Circle 9878 


NOVELTY SCENIC STUDIOS 

Drnperiefi, Scenery, Stneo Settlncr* 
S40 Weat 4lHt St. Lack. 9333 


TRIMMINGS 
Consolidated Trimming Co., Inc. 

Manufacturers and Pestsners 

Upholstery & Drapery Trimmings 

27-33 West 23d St.. 


FURS 


BLUMENFIELD'S 

Fur Coats cleaned, Rinxed and rellned, $20 
Storage and Remodeling 
Catering to the Profession 
201 Stnte-Lake Bldfr.. Chicago 
riione Doiirbom 1263 


FABRICS 


MAHARAM TEXTILE CO., Inc. 

Unusual TabrlcB for Scenery 
Costumes and Drapcrlos from Our Own 
Mills 

Brynut 2511 _ 

107 W. 48th i3t.' Opp./Trlars' Club 


COWNS RENTED 

GOWNS and WRAPS of EVERY DESCRIPTION 
Rented For All Occasion! 

:^^_.WMeM -SPlccllonr^-BwliisWe^^ DejlKm 8ndv= .^ 
VEKT NtOI^KRATE HATK.S — You Will Find 
It Intercatlni and >>onnmlcol to Call at 
MME. NAFTAL 
(>9 West 45th .Street Bryant OC70-4163 


MENDELSOHN'S TEXTILE CORP. 

SCENICRT ANT> COSTUME FABRICS 
Silks — Tinsel Cloth — ^Plushes 
ISO W. 45th St. Bry. 7S72-5234 


JEWELRY 


DAZIAN'S, Inc. 
tiieAtbical goods 

Bryant 10C2-3937-B177 
142-144 West Forty-fourth Strt'ct 


1543-4 BRYANT 

E. HEMMENDINGER, INC. 

JEWELEBS 
S3 West 40th Street 



JEWELRY 



MADE TO YOUR ORDER 
rcarl and P latin am Uesh Bracelet* 

Distinctive Exclusive 
Guaranteed from manufacturer direct 

MAXIME BAJLES COSfPANT 
104 Fifth Ato. Chelsea 91t* 



LIGHTS 




Disptay Stage 

Lightino Co; 

"A LIOitT FOR 
EVERY PURPOSr' 

S34-340 W. 44th. St. 



' Dtrwico 

"bvebtthino''e]:actbical 
fob the theatre" . 

315-317 W. 47th Street Penn. 8450-1800 



MANUSCRIPTS 



SAMUEL fUENCH 

Incorporated' 1891 
Oldest Play-rPubllshers In the World 
T. R. Kd wards. Managing Director 

26 Went 4Sth St., NEW TORE, N. T, 



llllegro^Mnsio ^mtS^^^ 

Specialists la Ktmit ' Braneb 
of Hoile Prlnthir 

31B-S17 W. 47th St. Loncam M«l 



, RAYNEE, DALHEIM & CO. 

Masle KncnvlBr Mid Prlotlns 
In AU ttm Branches 

20.-4-20G0 W. Lake St., Chjearo, 111. 



PROPERTIES 



Theatrical Properties Studio 

Prepsrty Boxtt Travelan . Meohanieal Prtpt 

Dancing Mats 
(■roduotleni Furnlihed Complete — Ws Alt* Rent 

SOS West 44th Street Penn. 7877 



RESTAURANTS 



40th St.— Broodwny— 44th St. 
DInlnr. Dancing — No Cover Charge 



SCENERY 



— —FOR RENT-^— r 
Scenery, Stage Settings, Decoration 

PREMIER SCENERY STUDIOS 

340 West 4l8t St. JUick. 9233 



SCENIC CONSTRUCTION 
FRANK DWYER, Inc. 

BUILDERS OF SCENERY 

542 West 55th St. Columbus 2050 



SCHOOLS 



John Murray Anderson- Robti Milton 

School of the Theatre and Dance 
A Professional School for Professional! 
Diction, Acting, Dancing of All Types 
Routines Arranged Acts Staged 
t2fl-130 KaAt 68tb St. Plaza 4624-4D26 



JACK MANNING SlUDIOS 

.''PECIAT.lRT IN TteACHINO 
TAP DANCING 
no Woht 4rth street 



STAGE HARDWARE 



J. R. CLANCY, Inc. 

STAGE HARDWARE 
SYRACUSE, N. Y. 



SUPPLIES 

WYLE & BROS., INC. 

A full nrie of Gold ' and Silver Brocade^ 
Metal Cloths, Gold and Silver Trim- 
mings. Rhinestones, . Spangles.' Tigbt« 
Opera Hose, etc..' for stage costumefc 
18-20 East 27th St.. New Torb Citr 



The LITTLEJOHNS Rhinestones 

Anything in Rhinestones 
Also Perfect Machine for .Setting 
254 West 4Cth St. ChlckerUig 772S 



THEATRE EQUIPMENT 

SIMPLEX^InriEOTER^^^ 
. PROJECTORS 

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTOR COBJP. 



510 Wefit 34th St. NEW YORK 

HEYWOOD-WAKEFIELD 
THEATRE SEATING 

New York, Chicago, Bonton 
and Other Principal Cities 



THEATRICAL TRUNKS 
TAYLOR'S Theatrical TRUNKS 

^^e-stnndard^trank^ol- the ''proreasloa. 
Fnll line of leather goods 
TAYLOR'S 
116 ^rst 45th St. 



IF YOU DON'T 
ADVERTISE IN 
VARIETY 
DON'T ADVERTISE 



Bryant 4450 



Wednesday, September 6, 1928 



W O M E N' S P AG E 



VARIETY 



47 




Newport. R. I-t Sept. 4. 
WilHam H. VanderbTlt arid the 
other backers of the Casino theatre 
are quite satisfled with the reBults 
of the eecond Beason of plays. Ten- 
tative plans for next summer are 
lUnted at. 

Cole Porter's Lyrics 
Cole Porter has supplied inci- 
dental songs for Irene Bordoni's new 
ehcw, "Paris." When Elisabeth 
Marbury produced Intimate musical 
comediefl, years ago,, arid with much 
greater success than her. recent at- 
tempt with : tlie short-lived "Say 
■When," Porter supplied various 
ditties. 

Then he married Linda Lee, who 
had divorced the late E. R. Thomas, 
and received a big settlement. Later 
the millionaire publisher and sports- 
man was divorced by Elisabeth Fin- 
ley, who also received a goodly for- 
tune. Finally Thomas was survived 
by a third wifie, Lucy Cotton, who 
had acted on the stage arid in pic- 
tures. . She is now the wife of Col. 
Lytton Ament, and has made her 
husband manager of her former hus- 
band's paper, tlie Morning Telo- 
• graph, ' ■, . . ;. 

' The Cole Porters have Uvod 
abroad for years, and are conspic: 
UQUs in Pads and at The Lido. Cole 
has a cousin, John Portor, of Statcn 
Island, who studied interior deoora^: 
tion, but applied his knowledge in a 
literal sense, for he berame partner 
In Charlotte's cafeteria, on upper 
Amsterdam avenue, and p<'rsonaHy 
presided in the Idtchon. 

Another Prince Mdivani 

Prince Mdivani has been stopping 
at ^Newport as the guest of Mrs: 
Jariies Laurens Van Alen. The 
household . includes a debutante 
daughter, Louise, who is a cousin of 
Vincent Astor find a grandriiece of 
Fi-ederick Vanderbilt. 



of the Hon. Maurice Brett, who mar- 
ried Zena Dare, the English actress. 

After several years of retirement. 
Miss Dare returned to the stage to 
tour the English provirices in "The 
Last of Mrs. Cheyney," playing the 
part Gladys Cooper did In London 
and Ina Claire did In America. 

That Lina Basquette Report 

The report that Lina Basquette, 
widow of Sam Warner, of the War- 
ner Brothers, is to marry Peyerel 
Marley, camera man for Cecil B. 
DeMille, has Interested various 
branches of th§ show, business. Lina 
was formerly a dancer, arid appear- 
ed in "The Follies," "Le Maire's 
Affairs," and other Broadway pro- 
ductions. 

She first acted in pictures, as a 
child. After becoming the widowed 
Mrs.. Warner, she returned to the 
movie.s. 

When her husband died, in l&Sv, 
he left her the income of a trust 
fund of $100,000, a similar trust be- 
ing provided for their child. She is3 
featured, in "The Godless Girl," 
"Celebrity." and "Show Folks." 



$5 a Lift 



A Sixth avenue. New York, 
beauty parlor is advertising u 
new fact-lifting process for a 
fee of $5. 

The ad doesn't Inform how 
high they'll left your face, for 
five, but Btates no krilfe is used.. 



"Flash" Girls as Siiigles 

Promotions havei Come to two girls 
who last season were working as 
members of girl acta produced by 
E. K. Nadel. 

AUeen Cook Is now a single with 
two yiears of Kelth-Orpheum time 
given her last week, and Billie 
Wynn, a cpmetist. Is now booked as 
a singing single. 

Mildred Livingston, now Velma 
Kane, with Irving Yates for three 
years as a comedienne, has been 
made a single by Nadel and*glven 
a threcryear contract. 



Nannes, the riiusician, granddaugh- 
ter of the late Dr. Leopold Dam- 
rosch, and niece of Dr.. Walter 
Damrosch arid Dr. Frajik Damrosch. 



Random Remarks 

By Nellie Revell 

Ceo. M. Oohuir.s long li.st of ponsioncrs is froaiionlly di.-^;-us.M'd aU>iig 
Broadway aospiie his efforts to shield it from publli'ity and oarry on his 
benevolen«.e in sci'ret. Hut it wa.s not known even to her .son that the 
late laniont<>tl IVIrs. Jore Cohan also had a private relief fund for old 
friends to whom .she had boon making a weekly allowance. 
: When tlie personal offsets of Mrs. Cohan \Yvro examined it broug-ht the 
list to light. It contain.s the names gf some old actors and actresses 
and others not too well blessed with the world'.s poods. 

it was writteri and" addressed in her own handwriting to her ssgn with 
the request that its aiiminl.stratlon be continued "In friendship's name." 

She explained that it is not irieludod in her will as she desired to 
spare the recipients publicity, 'And that is real Christian Charity and 
religion. 



. The mother, of Rcnnold W.olfi l>road.w;ay wit and ' newsiia per man of. 
lamented fame, died last week at her home in lihaea, N, Y., at the age 
of 83. Having no. immediate kin, Mrs. Wolf loft a few minor bequests 
to distant reliitives, and $100,000 for an Ithaca old ladies home. Al- 
though Kennold Wolf was generally supposed to hniye left considerable 
money, at his death he was $10,000 in debt which .simi was liquidated by 
his mother. 



Tommy Hitchcock and Bebe 

Thomas Hitchcock, Je; who has 
been serving .as escort , to • Bebe 
Daniels, is one of the most eligible 
bachelors in .society. Heir to great 
wealth, he is, of. course, interna- 
tionally rioted as. a polo player. He 
is a son of Mr. and Mr.s. Thomas, 
Hitchcock of ^>.w. York, leaders of 
the smart colony at Aiken, S. C. 
l llis mother was a great, lieiress, as 
! a daughter of George Kuf?tls of 
Washington. 

Tommy, a.s he 'i.s known, is a 
nephew of George Peabody Eustis, 
who changed his name to George 
Eustis Cocoran. This uncle is now- 
married to Rosdmond Street arid 
lives at Tuxedo Park. He w-as pre- 
viously divorced by his fir.st consin, 
Marie Corcoran Eustis, who later 



the late Mrs. 

The prince is said to be related ..^ 

to the princes of the same n.-ime divorced Josef. Hofmann, the mu- 



who married Pola Negri and Mae 
Murray. 



sieian. Hofmann then married Betty 
Short, young , enough to "be his 
daughter. : \ 



Mary Garden Marrying? 

From . time to time, rumor.s cir- 
culate that Mar>- Garden is about 
to marrj'. Recently the report was 
that the opera singer, now 51. was 
engaged to Pierre Plessis, a yourtg 
French writer and- music critic. 
Some year's ago Mary was reported 
betrothed, to a young American 
William Chauncey, who was her 
secretary and accompanist, and in 
devoted attendance. (Chauncey had 
briefly replaced Ernest Simmons as 
accompanist to Mme. Nordica, but 
Simmons was with Nordica when 
she died, and was remembered in 
ber will, later joining the Shuberts.) 

It would not be so very surprising 
•If Miss Garden did at last decide to 
marry someone. . 

El.sie de Wolfe, after a lifetime on 
the stage, made a fortune as an In- 
terior decorator, and, when over 60, 
married Sir Ch.irles Mendl, of the 
British diplomatic service. 

Miss Garden is of Scotch ancc-^try 
and has wisely invested her earn- 
■ Ings. Some years ago she secured 
. valuable holdings in the Pierce 
Arrow Co., and. made her father an 
official of a subslduary company, 
Harrolds Motor Co. Her sister, 
Agnes Garden, became the .second 
•wife of the late Edward de \\\tt 
of New York, and was for a time a 
dressm.iker. 



The Manvillfts* Show Marriages 

Estelle Manyille, heiress daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Man- 
ville, who have a box at the Opera, 
is engaged to Count Bernadotte, son 
of Prince Os..ar , Bernadotte and 
nephew of the King' of Sweden. 
Estelle is a granddaughter of the 
late Charles B. Manville, who was 
■head Of the Johns-Manville asbestos 
company. 

She is a first , cousin of, Lorraine 
Manville, who inherited almost $9,- 
000,000 but became a musical com- 
edy actress, during which time she 
met and' married' .Tay Gould. Both 
retired from the stage. Gould's real 
n.ame is Clare Frank Gould and he 
was divorced frdni Flo Le.wis, with 
whom he had been in vaudeville. 

Mrs. Jay Gould's brother, Thomas 
P. Manville, married Florence Hu- 
ber, a show girl. After suing his 
father for $100,000 for alienation of 
Tom"s affections, Florence divorced 
Tom and later divorced Robert C. 
Read of Pittsburgh. At one time 
Tom w.as reported engaged to 
Cynthia Cambridge of the "Follies.' 



"Possession's" Cast 

When Edgar Selwyn brings 
"Possession" into : town, . Margaret 
Lawrence will be starred, and Edna 
Hibbard and Walter Connolly fea- 
tured. During the tryout Laura 
Plope Crews played the leading 
part. . ; 

Miss Lawrence, 'who hails frorn 
Trenton, N. J., first acted in 1910 
in "Her Son," a year later making 
a hit.in New York in "Over Might." 
Theri she married Lleiit Com 
mander Orson D. Munn, U. S. N., 
and retired, not returning, until 
1918, when she made a hit in "Tea 
for Three." She divorced Munn, 
father of her children, and married 
Wallace Eddlnger.' Jui^ as Miss 
Lawrence divorced a rich . man, 
Eddinger had been dlvorbed by a 
wealthy woman, his . first wife having 
been Mrs. Ivy Lee Moore La Grove, 
who last winter choise as her third 
husband Walter R. Callendcr of 
Providence- 
Wallace, son of the late: Law- 
rence Eddinger, veteran actor, first 
acted in 1888, when seven years old, 
in "Among the Pines," at the Peo 
pie's theatre in the Bowery. Later 
that year he was one of three chil- 
dren to alternatfe . in the original 
production of "Little Lord Fauntle 
roy." the others being Elsie Leslie 
and Tommy Russell. In 189 3v when 
the Empire theatre was first opened, 
with "The Girl I Left Behind Me," 
Waliy EJddinger was in the cast and 
so was Edna. Wallace Hopper. He 
is now in . vaudeville In "My Mis- 



take." 



Arthur Richman Busy 

. This is a busy season for Arthur 
Richman, whose name was original- 
1 ]y Reischmann. Gilbert Miller opens 
tiie Empire with "Heavy Traffic," 
^l and—Alexander ■ MtKaig' i.s to -pro ■ 



GiT Boag's Ancestry i , „•,-.. u„ 

In spite of Uie recent columns of duce "Dim Turning." Richman will 



publicity In connection w'lth the di 
vorce suits and countersuits of Gil 
Bbag and Gilda. Gray, various de- 
tails: remain to be referred to. Gil's 
real name is Gaillard Y. Boag, and 
he is of a well known American 
fahiily of French origin. Mariy 
Gaillard connections are recorded in 
the Social Register. After going 
into the cabaret and night club 
business, he a.ssumed the nickname 
Gil, and rechristened Marianna Mi- 
chalska Gilda. That was during 
their protracted court.ship, long be- 
fore they were married. She di 
Vorced Joseph Goreski, a Polish bar- 
tender in Milwaukee, father of her 
■on, Martin. 

Another relative of Gil Boag is 
■Williain Boag, the actor, who for a 
generation past has appeared in 
David Belasco's productions and 
served as stage manager. 



dramatize "Jerome, or the Latitude 
of Love," from Maurice Bedel's 
story, and Al Woods will present it. 

Richman fii-st attracted attention 
in 1920 with "Not So Long Agb/' 
later done in pictures . by. Marion, 
Davies. Then cariie "Ambush" and 
three pieces that failed to click.. 
"A Serpent's Tooth,""The' Awful 
Truth" a;nd "The F.ir Cry." After 
mutual recriminations, he was re- 
cently divorced by his wife, Made- 
leine Marshall, the actress, whom 
he accused of having "the temper 
of a ti.sress." However, she was 
awarded the cu'stody of the child. 



Farnpl's Climb 

At the recent dinner party in 
London at which Gene Tunney was 
guest of honor and where many 
noted persona were present, Includ 
ing such literary lights as Arnold 
Bennett, Hugh Walpole, Gilbert 
Frankau . and Jeffery Farnpl, the 
last named, at any rate, could have 
chatted familiarly about New York. 

Now a popular novelist, living In 
luxury, Famol had a hard time of 
it for many years on this side. He 
married Blanche Hawley, daughter 
of Mr. .and Mrs. Hugh.son Hawley 
and sister of H. Dudley Hawley, the 
actor. The father was long known 
as an architectural draughtsman 
and scenic artist, and the Famols 
lived with the Hawleys in Engle 
•wt-obd," N;— J.," -JTBfCery "helping the 
elder man with odd jobs. He wrote 
many novels, but his manu-scripts 
were always returned until "The 
Broad Highway" was published and 
became a best seller. Then all the 
did manuscripts were profitably 
di.sposed of,. Including "The Ama- 
teur Gentleman," which also ber 
came a be.st seller. Farnol, an Eng- 
lishman, then returned to his na- 
tive land. 



A Leo Dietrieh.ste.in lately disclosed story has to' doVwLth l?en llooht,,'. 
corauthor with Charles MaoArthuv of "The Front Page." Divtriehstein 
produced a play called- "Face Value" which opened the 49th Si. theatre. 
It was a flop and he was looking about for a new vehicle when he- re- 
ceived a telegram, froni Ilecht, then a newspaperman in Chicago, read- 
ing: "Have just finished a play which would be ideal for you. The 
central character is named Felix." Dietrichstein was perplexed but in- 
trigued by the reference to Felix. He teleerraphed Hccht to come to' New • 
York with the play. Hecht wired back two words: "But how." Dietrich- 
stein telegraphed him tw^o hiindrcd dollars and equally succliiet instruc- 
tions,- "!By. train.!' . . 

.It was a hot, s.tnffy night and Alan Brooks was lonesome, and blue. He 
left his apartment for a stroll down Broadway. Two well groomed 
women crossed his path. The pr(?t tier of the two caught his glance of 
admiration, arid he fancied a look of recognition ensued. He turned arid 
was about to comriient on the nice evening When she exclaimed, "Hoyr 
are you, Alan? It's nice to nricet you In , New York." Then Brooks 
Identified her, but he was. a little shakey as he said, "Oh,' how are you 
Mrs. Dernpsey— and how is Jack?" A few moments chat and Brooks 
resumed his stroll— thoughtfully. . 

Jack Donahue and Jack Boyle were prowling along Ninth avenue, early 
the bther morning looking for types— to"ugh types for a Louis Wblheim 
number they are staging for a forthcoming musical. They were seeking 
the biggest and toughest looking characters ablie to dance in cajttlyity. 
In a Ninth ayenue speakeasy (send stamped. and self -addressed envelope), 
Donahue's eye fixed upon the bartendetr a husky bo hard-boiled appear- 
ing that he made "Scarf ace" Al Capo'ne look like John Gilbert. "Can 
you dance," Donahue queried the.rimn, thinking how Ideally he met the 
first requirement of I)hy.sicial ugliness. "Oh, my dear, yes," piped the 
barkeep in a falsetto voice, "I used to take dancing lessons from Paul 
Swan." Boyle had to revive Donahue. 

A frierid of mine, returning from Church Sunday rhorning, passed a 
Times Square motion picture theiatre. It was, to be eXact, a quarter of 1. 
She saw .two men look furtively up arid down the street, reach to their 
I hip po'ckets for guns which they drew and held In plairi view as they 
walked toward a nondescript looking car which stood in front of the 
theatre. She was sure she was witnessing a robbery and shooting. Her 
I eyes roved policemanward, and she was motioning to one when her at- 
.vtentlon was detoured to' two other men who were leaving the theatre 
with money bags. The guns and the legal tender cllnibed into the car arid 
roide hurriedly away. 

Meet the second edition of Mosconi brothers. Charles Mosconl rose— 
or maybe he was still up — to phone irie at 4 o'clock In the morning that 
he had just received a telegram from .his brother, Loiils, announcing the 
arrival of a boy in Louis' family and that he had been named Charles In 
his honor. Mother, child and Uncle Charlie are all doing well. 



On one of the hottest nights I have ever experienced In the theatre, 
"Gentlemen of the Press," the multi-authored newspaper comedy at the 
Henry Miller, appealed to me as a pleasant evening's diversion. John 
Cromwell's performance will always be cherished as a splendid character- 
ization of a grouchy neWspaperm.T.n, transformed Into a public relations 
man (ritzy for press agent) and then reverting to type. 

See the World has added a poultry editor to Its staff. Of course, he Is 
an. eggspert. 

Stocklngless girls again command the attention of the editorial writers 
and investigators report varicose vcln.s, bruises and hair the outstand- 
ing features of the fad. But I know one actress who was recently 
mighty thankful that going stocklngle.ss is not frowned upon. She re- 
ceived an Invitation as a week-end guest at a mountain camp, and on 
arrival was dismayed to learn that an elaborate dinner party had been 
arranged In her honor. She had takeri with her but one even.ing frock 
and the stockings In her linrilted wardrobe didn't match. She decided 
the way. out. of the dilemma was to go stocicingle as and attjred licr.self 
accordingly. The ho'stess noted that^ the actrca.s' legs were au nature!. 
"Oh, fine," she cxplalmed dellghtedlyj "I was just hoping somebody In 
this party would taite the lead." . * ' ' 



almple reward for being a good girl. 

Joan wore little, but made it count 
for riiuch, a seaj'f of ' silver lace, be- 
ing especially effective. 



In- Laws 

Luella Gear's distinguished In- 
laws have been In New York on a 
visit from England. G. Maurice 
Heckscher, husband of Miss Gear, is 

he brother of the Hon. Mrs. Oliver 
'^rett, who, with her husband, has 

•(ri on this sid^ Oliver is a son 

• Viecpunt Eeber, and the brother 



Kenneth: McKenna's Hit 

Although "The Big Pond" is no 
riot and got in the cut rales soon 
after the opening, Kenneth Mc- 
Kenn.% made such a personal suc- 
.c es sjtha t. ., i t . w.as .. d gjl' J? , "L^. 
him In the OTlTing. ". 

Kenneth has been li.'^ted in the 
annual "Who's Who Among Amer- 
ican Jew.s," publl.shed by "The 
American Hebrew." He Is a eon 
of Leo Mlelziner, the artist, and 
brother of Jo Mielzirier, stage- 
designer. This brother married 
Marya Na.nnes, daughter of David 



Gray Matter 

(Continued fropi page 46) 
hi a tie and a plain buckle adorned 
one side of the tight girdle. Noth- 
ing striking In either story or fem- 
inine scenery. 



Abashed Audience 

"Four Walls" supplies all kinds of 
tstT^mri ni^ril -lricltIdllTg"=iri vin the 
audience a laugh on themselves. 
There's such a gasp all over when 
the villian falls over the roof, really 
effective because It was unexpected. 
When the crowd gets Its breath It 
starts to laugh for falling. Carmel 
Meyers gets all the breaks. Sym- 
pathy throughout the story and 



Cute Kid 

"The Sawdust Paradise" is re- 
membered with the emphasis on the 
woodpecker hash. It's neither 
comedy, drama, nor just plain slap- 
stick. 

Esther Ralston and the cutest in- 
fant seen In a long time make what 
there is to the picture. Her light 
suit had a Wide dark belt showing 
under It's short jacket and the big 
plaid bow tie under her chin surely 
made her look like a school girl 
which Is perfectly proper since she 
alread y.-had _the..com.p|cx.ijon_ tg^^^^g^ ^ 
with It. 



Good Looking Gingham 

Don Coleman must prefer blonds 
so Jeanette Loff wore a wig In "The 
Black Ace." She wore other things, 
too, of course, Including' the host 
looking gingham dress .seen out 



Bide a Saturday Evenlrig Post ad. 
It had gauntlet cuffs edged with a 
tiny White frill which, also edged 
the collar on the surplice bodice and 
it fitted .her perfectly. 

A Rubber Stamp 

It may have been "The Speed 
Classic" to its director but it's only 
a rubber stamp to the re.st of the 
world. It seemed as jumpy as a 
German made. 

Stanley management probably 
knows people are watching their 
clock, for bus time, and what's on 
the screen doesn't matter. No 
neighborhood house would dare 
offer "Speed Classlv," alone for « 
quarter. 



^The- Modern -Yo u n gster-===^-=^-= 



Something for old - f.ishioned 
people to worry about: a girl of 
about nine who had been compar- 
ing the rulatlvo merits of two 
theatres knew her movies back- 
ward, but she hadn't the faintest 
Idea of the characters in the Pas* 
sion Play f^hown In a newsreel. 



48 



VARIETY 



EDIT OR I A L 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



Tnidft Mark neRlstorod 
Published' Weekly by VARIETT, Inc. 
Sline Silverman, Preaiaeiit 
164 West 46th Street New York City 



SUBSCnTfTlON: 

Annual ;..|iO Foreign.. -'i* 

SinBlp Copies. . \ . ■ . ■ - ..- ■ .26 Centa 



Vol. XOIl 



No, S 



50 YEARS AGO 

(From "Clipptr:')' 



The Evergreen Mehory of 

MARCUS LOEW 

By William Brandt 

(William Brandt is the independeht picture chain exhibitor of Brdoklyn, 
N. Y., seinior partner of the Brandt Brothers. 

Mr. Brandt's contribution to the memory of the greatest man, Marcus 
Loew, the show business has ever known, was written b - himself, as a 
tribute to one for whom he holds unbounded affection and admifatipn. 

Though a business competitor of Lo6w's, that competitive strife never 
furrowed the close social relations betweien Mr. Lbew and Mr. Brandt.) 



!r;u(nc LlicjLti'ical custoriis , h.'ivcn't 
. iiiuitrt'd fio much in GO years, as 
witness this? par«j?rai>h in a column 
111" casual comment: 

"About this time of the year, look 
'>ut for conflicting reports of what 
is in preparation for the the.atre in 
I Ik; \ys\y: (if liovv playff, etc. i^Iutili 
of . this must be taken with caution," 



"Puts • anil oitU.s'.'. was a theatre 
term iis well as u. stock exchange 
•plu-aso. "The Clipper" explains 
Lhat "c.all.s" .are notices bringing 
companies together for rehearsal, 
while "put.-^" are notices to people' 
cngageil to put in an appearance 
iV)r oonstiltrition or in.'<triu'.tjon. ■ 



.Mpilern critics of society;, who 
well on what they call the break- 
.Idwn of family life in contrast to 
'old fdshioned" doniestio customs, 
•irt; invited to exanune the case of 
.vii's. Thomas Mountjoy, of WeJjt- 
; 'Idi Mass., who cau.sed the arrest 
.111' hei' mother and her hii.sTiand oh 
i'ii;ii-gos fir adullery. 



iSliedding some light on events 
that led" up to th'e liussian revolu- 
tion, it is recorded that of the 3,- 
500,000 roubles obtained by. public 
subscription to develop a volunteer 
war fleet, half had been lost through 
embezzlement of government offi- 
cials. ^ 



For the second year in succession 
the g;i'asshopper peat passed across 
the bakotas, leaving Vast stretches 
of fields eaten bare. 



The .Columbia University rowing 
crew that had cleaned up all com- 
petition at the Henley (ICngland) 
regatta, returned and was feted by 
the then presiding Jimmy Walker; 



15 YEARS AGO 

{From Variety and "Clipper") 



Selig, one of the "Film Trust" 
licensees, introduced the system of 
screen credits by incorporating the 
name of script authors into main 
title. 



Following ah epidemic of "white 
slave" plays on the New York stage, 
the vogue hit the picture producers, 
t'nivcraal leading with a picture 
called "A Fight Against Evil.", 



Dave Ohatkin. now Paramount of- 
ficial, had been branch manager in 
Toledo for .Universal, and now took 
charge of the Huffalo exchange of 
Warners. 



: Keith went iiito action again.st the 
small time which had grown to im- 
pressive power. Keith's Allegheny 
opQned in Philadelphia, opposing a 
•horde of rielghborhood vaudeville 
houses. LoeW's answer was an im- 
pressive list of feature booking.«f, 
including James .K. Ilackett, Ching 
Ling Foo and now Andrew Mack, 
Irish singing star. 



Specialty road shows were being 
formed everywhere. Among the new 
ones were organizations headed by 
Alice Lloyd (Morris), one with 
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw (ComstOCk & 
Gest), and Cort's company with 
Anna Held. 



Jiminy Pluiikett niarried his sec - 
-reta r-yv-A nn{^_l>u rGiJl,^wJaixJ:ftminy 
CJray as best man.. 



Instead of coddling its film indus- 
try Europe was planning new taxes 
against It. Italy already had an 
impost <»aual to 2 cents a foot on 
film. Now the German kaiser con- 
sidered taking over the whole, busi- 
he.ss as a government monopoly, 
granting manufacttiring Hcenaes on 
royalty basis. 



A year has passed since the earthly remains: of the man, Marcus Loew, 
were taken away from us. MIc bad not been in best of health, he had 
worked at a terrific speed and the candle of his life had burnt from both 
ends; and yet— how sudden, how unexpected was the end! .Strong and 
usually reserved men. wept at his bier, and sob after sob was heard in 
the drowsy calm of tlie cemetery. 

Yet, When I sav that he is .still with us, t am not repeating a stock 
phrase. Tlie glowing memory of him is his greatest monunlent, however 
stately, however sumptuou.s and princely his theatrical monuments may 
be. He was plain, unassuming, quick as mercury,' and burning with a tre- 
mendous vitality— a! vitality that made hini unmindful- of . his own ap- 
pearance, a vitality that cast a hypnotic, spell over thp entire theatre 

world.- ■ ■ 

I shall never forget how Marcus met President Harding. We were In 
Washington and suddenly the word came that the President wished to 
sec. Mai-cus, Loew, .Mr. Loew asked me to joiri him. We went to the 
Capitol. ■.. " ■' " : :'■ . . ^- 

I'rcsldent Harding stared at Mf\rcys in amazement, and at, last exr 

claimed:' '. 
"So you are Mr. Loew, as well known as the President of the united 

States I" '• 

And that was the average reaction to LbeW.. Thos.e .who knew him— 
and there were literally thou.sands of them— knew what a heart of gold 
beat within. To the passerby, a. drab looking little man, rushing sonie- 
whcre on some .strange business. The doormen of his Own numberless 
theatres would grin incredulously when he told^ them he was Marcus 
Loew and would they please' let him pass. One of these once actually 
exclaimed: • • ^ 

' "Stop kidding me. Another guy last week tried to; pull that stunt, too. 

.Tiut this little man played godfather, to hundreds of men and women. 
The world will probably never know the names of. those whom his 
munificent hand saved from stai-vation. His . contributions to charity, 
were tremendous. 

.But his heart went out: to those who were too proud to stretch out their 
destitute, hands. I personally know of a list of over 200 people— mcstly 
his former employees, old actors and others from his former commercial 
days, who had worked for him when he was beginning his plunge into 
the theatrical field— 200 men and wpmei\ who received a weekly or 
mohthly allowance from him. His liAnd never failed. His eye was quick 
to detect faces, characters, personalities that had once upon a time 
crossed his path. 

We were once rushing througli Broadway, Marcus and myself, when I 
saw a shabbily dressed man with a haggard look leaning iagalnst the wall, 
seemingly trying to avert his eyes from Loew's whom he had noticed in 
the crowd.* Loew's eagle eye was quick to detect the man. He shook 
his hand and said: 

"Hello; George, how are things?" 

He recognized an actor who had worked for hini 20 years before, at the 
Grand Theatre and he remembered his name. ,^ 
, " Mrs.. Loew , Carries , On 
fiad it not been for his sudden death theses 2()0 people to whom he was 
a godfather would have been remembered in his will. Just a week before 
he died, while away on a short vacation, I heard him say : to his personal 
attorney, Leopold Freedman, that as soon as he would come back he 
would like to have his will changed. With prosperity, he wanted to 
make larger provisions for charitl.es, and also provide for the numbers 
of nien and women dependent on him. 

I understand Mrs. Loew is now following out, the purposes of her unfor- 
gettable husband. May God help her. in her noble work.- 

The terrific pace of his whirlwind life, the tremendous tempo' of his 
activity played ha-voc with his memories and huma:nitarian intentions. 
For it must be remembered that the life of Marcus Loew was not exactly 
a path strewn with roses. He had faced many a. hard struggle in the 
tempestuous field of the motion picture industry and twice was on the 
verge of failing. 

It is a far cry from an East Side newsboy to a multimillionaire con- 
trolling one of the biggest industries. He became Interested in the film 
business years ago when he saw a moving picture on the second floor of a 
Cincinnati building. Soon he became absorbed in the great possibilities 
of this yet undeveloped field. 

After several years developing a splendid ©"rganization of theatres, 
despite tremendous opposition, of the Keith Circuit which established, an 
actor's blacklist as one of the weapons to combat with, he bought the 
SuUivan and Considlne Circuit in the west, a deal that nearly wrecked hia 
own company. Despite a rather rough time for awhile, Marcus emerged 
unscathed, bigger and stronger than ever, adding theatre after theatre to 
his ch&iri. "Each additioTi gave" him greater national prominence:* 

To protect his theatres and insure a continiipus supply of good pictures, 
he went Into producing, and for the second time nearly wrecked the 
results of all his hard labor. He bought the Metro company. . For lack 
of capital and internal di.ssension it was practically on the. rocks. The 
Metro pictures were terrible and for a lOng time after Marcus took con- 
trol, exhibitors all over the country kept on cancelling contracts, 

Metro was losing a fortune every week and again the whole Loew 
structure was shaky. It was in those days that Marcus Lo'eW's courage 
atid nerve manifested themselves. He gritted hia teeth and held on. 
Then came a turn In the tide. "Four Horsemen" was released, the big- 
gest suCcei^s ever made to that date. Metro started to produce good pic- 
tures and history records the. rest. 

It was the beginning of Marcus' wealth and reputation, a culmination 
of , a career that has not its peer in parity of vision, almost prophetic In 
sight and ,unfiagging energy. 

Knew People ■ 

Marcus had an uiicanny gift of sizing up people and choosing the right 
kind of associates and it w.as to' the devotion and loyalty of these that he 
modestly attributed his colossal success. He waa eternally pro'ud of 
"his boys," as he called them, Nick and Joe Schenck, Dave Bernstein, 
Jake Lubin, Lep Frftcdman, Charlie Moscowltz. and later on, Dave Picker, 
Ed Schiller, Lou Sidney, Marvin Schenck, Bob Rubin, Felix Feist, Leon 
Fleishman, Joe Vogel and Nils Granlund. They all grew up with him 
Und^tho>wloxedJUm^S.JiiME_fMhcr 
unfair competltio'n. Time and again, when the clarity of his vision made 
him choose a certain location for a new theatre— and he never went 
wong — he took in the owner of the theatre already operating in the 
neighborhood as a partner. He held the key to everybody's heart. And 
he had more friends in this country than any man I can think of. It 
was sheer guts, tremendous vision and indomitable energy that drove him 
on to the pinnacle of fame; it was his OWn golden heart that o^pened all 
hearts to him, , 

And now, a year today after his death, we are still stirred with mem- 
ories. I loved him as my own father and my heart still goes with a new 
beat When I recall his gonlle face. I wish I could have given part ci 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 

(Continued from page 24) 
and when a reasonable amount of time rolled by and no profits from 
the office appeared she decided to run the office herself. Before this 
could be effected she had to clear up a lot of outstanding, debts con- 
tracted by the original owner. „ ^ ^ 
The business is beginning to look brighter since the red is all washed 
up and the Missis handling all the dough and doing the leg work in 
hustling up jobs for the thoii.qand or more ham and beaners. 

While transporting a load of scrap film from the Consolidated Labora- 
torles to Universal City o-n the coast, a ifllni can fell out, causing a short 
to the truck'q battery. Truck was destroyed, with total loss $500, A 
story sent out fronilhe coast mentioned the film for two pictures de- 
stroyed and the loss at $250,000.' 

A puzzling point to the dialog picture students Is the use of love 
passages in talking pictures. Sortie are wholly dubious, whilst, others 
say it will depend upon the principals and the situation. "I love you' Is 
used in "Glorious Betsy" by Conrad Nagel, and Is said to get over with- 
out giggles. 



Word is being passed around Interested, circles in Hollywood that WUl 
Hays has urged greater attention be devoted to' the making of still plo^ 
tures. H^ad of the Mi P. P. D. is quoted as saying stills are aarriples of 
the goods which manufacturers show their customers. 

Some of the product of still departments In the coast studios would 
do genuine credit to famoiis portrait galleries. One of the most suc- 
cessful in getting highly artistic results, when asked how these were 
secured, explained that when the company had got deeply into a picture, 
into the spirit, the feel of it, two days were set apart for the taking pf 
stills pf the star or co-stars and, in some instances, of the more im- 
portant members of the cast. But particular attention was devoted to; 
co-stars, love scenes being emphasized. 

It was -the practice of this producer to set apart, three Interior sets, 
fully dressed exactly as in the picture. When the remainder of the com- ■ 
pany was shut down or away from stages he desired used for the stills 
the sets would be lighted according to the ideas of the still photographer 
—and hot accbrding to the custom followed by the picture cameraman. 

Then in the atmosphere of the portrait gallery, and not in that of a 
hurried and harried motion picture set, with the director concerned to 
get moving on his schedtilo, the photographer proceeded under the direc- 
tion of a competent director, to take shots e.ipeclally Indicated on the 

script'' ' ' 

During the course of the picture stills are taken by, this company, as 
Is done by other companies, but the compliments that are bestowed upon 
the still w;ork flow from the shooting pf the two days devoted to nothing 

One of the reasons ascribed for securing the unusual results Is the , 
payment to the photographer of about three times the usual sum awarded 
In that department. Another and an. important one Is that the company 
never Is harassed to meet a release date. • 
On one occasion the company referred to' Was asked to send some of 
Its larger photographs of its team-mates to an art exhibit in London, 
The wise producer, desiring to establish impression of value, declined to 
permit their transmission until bond had been posted guaranteeing 
proper return. • The bond was. posted, the pictures as art art exhibit 
created a tremendous hit, and, incidentally, the picture fro-m which the 
stnis were taken got a notable ImpeAis in England. 

The workings of a London newspaper office are being filmed at the- 
Paramount studios for a sequence in "Interference." directed by Lothar 
Mende^t. . .- 

One of the screen comics, who just returned to the coast after work- ^ 
Ing for a Canadian film company, claims the Canucks have much td 
learn in the way of making pictures. j wi » • 

Without prejudice .for nationality, the comic, also a British subject. • 
claims that the Canadians lack experience, and while they will no»; 
tolerate advice from those who have, gained experience in the American 
Held, they go about producing pictures as an amateur whC reads how 
to make pictures from a textbook. , . \. * 

The comic said he was taken to Canada for a feature role in what 
looked to him to be a steal from "The Big Parade." Amo^ng the many 
absurdities executed by the director was the taking of dramatic scenes. 
Working up to a serious emotional scene, the director would cut befor* 
the scene could reach Its full effect and give as. his excuse that he did 
not want to Waste too much film on tears: On the other hand, the 
director would give unlimited footage to scenes that did not mean any- 
thing to telling a story. 

Bo'ys and girls on one of the Hollywood lots have been amused by 
the antics of an overnight hit leading man. The conquest took place 
in a recent picture and led to an engagement in a second important 
production. Between the date of the signing and beginning work the 
leading man took unto himself a very young and impetuous bride, 
kno'wn to the film colony since childhood. 

As the second picture got under way the bridegroom developed 
temperament. It would be necessary fOr him to haye a stand-in, a double 
to take his place while the cameraman ' lines up. A stand-in was en- 
gaged and it quickly developed that the substitute had a decided screen 
edge on his principal. 

The lead remained away a couple of days. Seems that in a scene it 
had b?fth"H^essary-to use a whip on his shoulders, made harmless and. 
painless for the camera, but it was taken for granted the bride had 
ordered the rest. " _ 

The third day the leading man came back and so did the bride. There 
were to be fervid love scenes with the leading woman. Before every 
entrance In front of the lens the bride called the bridegroom aside, hugged 
him and reluctantly pas.sed him on to the leading woman while with 
blazing eyes and cheeks she stood on the sidelines and watched. 

A juvenile actor in Hollywood whoi has been fortunate in working 
steady enough to keep his young wife, a former picture star, supplied 
with many luxuries, turned producer long enough to get a feature pic- 
ture well started when his capital of $47.98 became exhausted. Deal 
was typical of the many Hollywood co-operative kind where the actors, 
director and cameraman agree to work in the picture without salary and 
cut the profits when the picture is released- 

In this particular event the actor promoted studio space at one of the 
local acting schools by the same arrangement. His only need for im- 
mediate cash was to buy film. After a few of the major scenes for 
the picture had been completed a number of the actors In the cast, in- 
cluding the star-producer, received calls for work from other studios, 
which required production to' stop until the cast would again be avail- 
able. Meanwhile the director was losing time while the actors were 
receiving money for other work. He tolerated this for several weeks 
-untiL-he-hecame discourag ed,, along, wit h the_3-tudio , _whI^^ ^^^ 
sets removed. 

my Own life to have had his prolo"ngcd; to have him slap me on the 
shoulder and grin amiably or stroll in the endless gardens or sit 
on the veranda of his palatial Glen Cove home. 

Marcus Loew has left behind him monuments upon monuments nj 
marble, iron and gold, dedicated to the entertainment and happiness oi 
millions of people. But the memory of his golden heart that had beateii 
with love and devotion is the most glowing tribute to him, a pledge or lus 
trtjc ImmortaHty, and an everlasting InsplrAtion id his friends. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



L E G I T I M ATE 



VARIETY 



Paul Robeson Faces Record Sentence 
By Equity; Won t Appear in Revue 

Colored Singer Returns Woman Producer*s Advance 
-—Wife Says Can't Sing Blues or Spirituals 



REVUE IGNORES EQUITY | 

! 

Wright Piece Calls Itself "Vautle : 
Melange" and Gets By I 



Paul Robeson, now appearing In 
the lx)ndon production of "Show 
Boat " faces undeterminate suspen- 
sion 'from Equity." Tho sust)onsion 
may extend aeveral years because 
of the possibility of Robeson re- 
maininc abroad in concert work. 
Tuesday the colored singer was 
temporarily suspended for 30 days 
pending Anal decision on a breach 
of contract on this side; 

Robeson, who has, warbled before 
Brtglish royalty, has taken the at- 
titude that to appear in a colored 
xevue over here is beneath his dig- 
' hity. Last Janviary he signed a con- 
tract with Caroline Dudley for a 
colored revue which Miss Dudley 
plahs along artistic lines and which 
was dated for this October, He was 
to get $500 per week plus live per 
cent of the gross from $10,000 to 
|20i000 and 10 per cent thereafter. 
Miss Dudley bound the agreement 
by paying Robeson $506. 

Tlifough Florehz Zlegfeld, Robe- 
son was then engaged for Sir Al- 
fredt Butt's London "Show Boat" 
cast. Miss Dudley did not believe 
that would, interfere with his ap- 
pearance in her revue and she went 
ahead, securing backing and en- 
gaging actors. Late in July Miss 
Dudley advised Equity of the Robe- 
60ri contract, fearing ho might not 
carry it out. Equity warned Robe- 
son that unless he did so he would 
be sufipcnded. A reply was received 
from the colored singer that he In- 
tended to make good but he sent 
the advance $500 to Miss Dudley 
who refused to cash the check, 
dbjects to Blues and Spirituals 
Last month Robeson's wife re- 
turned from London and conferred 
with Frank Gillmore at Equity. She 
said that Robeson could no longer 
sing blues, becauise of the voca.1 
strain and that he also objected to 
warbling spirituals, too, not really 
being an actor but a concert singer. 
Robeson was given until last Sat- 
urday to send confirmation of the 
Dudley contract by cable but he 
failed to answer. 

Equity takes the position that 
while Miss Dudley Is an unkown 
- producer she is entitled to protec- 
tion In view of the production ex- 
penditure based on the expectation 
of Robeson's appearance. The col- 
ored singer might have secured a 
cancellation of the contract with 
the aid of Equity, it was explained, 
had he sought a release before Miss 
Dudley had started production. As 
it stands, he will draw the long- 
est suspension in Equity's history 
unless appearing In the revue. 

It is said Miss Dudley took an 
all-colored revue to Paris several 
seasons ago. 

Zieggy Reviving Trolic' 
Floor Shows With Cantor 



^ Frolic theatre, atop xne New Am- 
sterdam, will be remodeled in line 
with the return of the "Midnight 
Frolic" policy and Ziegfeld will 
again present midnight perform- 
ances: tlreTe." Tire root's" first -floor 
will again have tables and a dance 
floor and there will, be a restaurant, 
to be operated by Christo and John 
Steinberg. : 

Several years ago the Frolic was 
converted Into a regular theatre at 
, a cost of .approximately $100,000, 
but it failed as an attraction house. 

Tho new "Midnight Frolic"' show 
will feature Eddie Cantor and 
George Olisen's band, doubling from 
"Whoopee." This show shortly suc- 
ceeds "Rosalie" at the New Amster- 
dam. 



■ » , 

Author to Director 



An English playwright, now. 
in. New York, casually con- 
versing with an American 
stage director of current note, 
said, speaking in a general 
wa.y: 

"If you ^^E^re directing a play 
of mine, I would not permit 
you to touch the dialog with- 
out my permission. 

"For this reason: that while 
I may know but little of dialog, 
I'm certain that I know more 
about it than you," 



■ "Deuces Wild" is the title of Andy 
Wrighfs. non-Equity musical whloh 
ijowii in in Baltimore Sept. 17 prior 
to coming Into New York two weeks 
later. 

Wright escapes Equity super- 
vision through declaring his show 
a vaudeville melange and casting 
with non-Equity members, mostly 
from bui'lesque and vaudeville. 

Tommy (Bozo) Snyder, Mollic 
Williams and Mannic King form tho 
featured trio. 



Ruby Keeler's Married ; 
And if >fot, Why Not? 



HOPKINS' "MACHINAL" 
MIRRORS SNYDER CASE 



Washington, Sept. 4. 
Is Ruby Keelcr, tap dancer who is 
going into Ziegfeld's new Eddie 
Cantor show, married or isii't she? 

Miss Keeler's own statement is 
tha;t the event took place Friday 
while she was playing the Pox 
(pets). Back of this was the flash- 
ing throughout the week of a very 
handsome engagement ring; nu- 
merous long distance calls from 
Manhattan and a daily telegram. 

On Friday the engagement .soli- 
taire was augmented, by a wedding 
ring displayed -yvith pride back 
stage while in the company of .her 
cousin, a local girl. Miss Keeler 
took the congratulations of the 
stage gathering becomingly. Where- 
upon the "invi.sible master of cere- 
monies" introduced her to the audi- 
ence as a "nowlywed" and the or- 
chestra played eight ' bars of the 
wedding march. 

Miss Keeler gave the lucky man's 
name as Costello and place of resi- 
dence as Manhattan, intimating that 
he had returned to Manhattan fol- 
lowing the ceremony performed by 
the Rev. Father O'Grady of the 
Catholic University here. 

Miss Keeler said later it was "all 
a Joke." The "joke" part develop- 
ing when the newspaper scribes 
wanted more details. She then said 
this wedding ring belonged to her 
cdiisin. Cousin, however, didn't 
play straight, denying the allega- 
tion and informing Miss Keeler that 
she had talked too much. 

Further a check by reporters dis 
closed no license issued to a Cos 
tello and Miss Keeler. Also the 
Rev. Father O'Grady, of the Cath 
olic U„ had been out" of town for 
three weeks. 



"Machinal," Arthur Hopkins' lat- 
est which bowV In at the Plj*mouth, 
New York, tomorrow (Thursday) 
night is a dramatization of the 
Ruth Snyder- Judd Gray murder 
case, ' ' ', ; • 

Hopkins has held the nature of 
the play under cover with cast 
even forbiddeh to talk about or dis 
cuss the theme a,nd with nothing 
getting out to the press. 

. "Machindl" has for its central 
character a counterpart of Ruth 
Snyder, the Queens Village, L. I 
husband slayer. , Her execution is 
the^ play's climajc. 

"Machinal" , was, authored by 
Sophie Treadv/ell, former news 
paperwoman, who covered the 
Snyder-Gray trial unofl^cially, Hop- 
kins is said to have tilso had a hand 
in on the script. 

Watters Signs for 2 Yrs. 
With Par.; Can Do Shows 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
George Walters, author of "Bur- 
lesque," has signed a new contract 
with Paramount, He remains as a 
writer for two more years. 

New agreement allows Watters 
five months a year in which he 
is permitted to do outside play- 
wrlghting and producing. The other 
seven months are to be spent at 
the studio. 

Watters leaves for New Ifork 
.shortly where he will cast his new 
show "So This Is Life." He was 
unable to get the proper types for 
the play in Hollywood, He begins 
his new contra.ct Jan. 1, 



Big Legits Holding 

Back on Talkers 

Talking ,,iil.'t lire makors \s Uh 
Tho.so si)0(.ii»l!-'ing in dialo.i;. 
pictu'-f^s prin'-ipally con<"''M-n>Ml, 
say tho bipiior legits aro not 
wildly anxious to negotiate for 
dialog piftun^s just now. 

T'heir main reixson as ad- 
v.inood is that the dialog 
talker at presoht is too far 
from ih^^ir idea of pi rCootion 
in the now vogue for them to 
chan<'.e nahif and fame on that 
kind of a soroen. 

Some havo stated thoy will 
await a honor toehnlquo in di- 
alog production; othors have 
niprely doi>lined, while some 
bthers hiivo entered into talkor 
contracts. 

Another reported opinion of 
the legits l.s that a one-time 
picture dialog contract la pref- 
erable to an *»xolusive term 
agreement with any one talker 
maker. 



MACLOON, JANE COWL 
CUSH ON MONEY CLAIM 

r 

Mgr. Says It's Loans— Actress 
Avers 'Twas Salary Paid 
For Services 



Unpaid Chorines Stage 
Riot on Payroll Delay 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
One hundred militant chorines 
whb appeared in Max Thomas 
hefsky's "Joseph, and His Brethren" 
at the Hollywood Bowl;. Aug, 26. 
staged a near riot of such violence 
that the police were called out, 
when they, stormed Thomaphefsky's 
office at the Capitol, a downtown 
theatre here, the night following 'the 
performunro, and failed to collect 
their salaries. : 

ThomashoiKky attempted to ex 
plain that his baokor andi co-pro 
ducer, Abe Rubin, owner of Ma 
jostic .Show I'rint Co., had prom- 
ised to he on hand with the nioney, 
hut had failed to. put in Art appeal 
ance, whereupon the uproar started 
and. producer took refuge in the box 
olhce until the police arrived. 

Thomashofsky promised to have 
the money the next night and the 
100 came, prepared to stage another 
demonstration, but it proved un 
necessary. The nioney was forth- 
coming and everybody went away 
happy. 



Osterman or Baker? 



Jeanne Eagels' Talker 

Paramount has sign<'d Jcanno 
TO.agols to be featured in "The Lo't- 
tor" as a talker to be made on the 
coast, and (Jeorgo Abbott to write, 
and. /ij.r(M:t_.. talking jiii/tuiT 
at Paramount's Long Island stuino. 

According to information, Walter 
Wangor concluded the arrangemont.s 
with Abbott this woek. 

Mi.ss KageKs leaves. for Hollywood 
iho end of the month, but prodiic- 
lion on "The Letter" may bo 
switched to the ea.st If wiring is- 
"omplv'tod on this tnd in tJnio. 



Chorister Sues Doctor 
Because of Leg Scar 

Miarlon Lane, of the "Rain or 
Shine" chorus, and formerly in' 
vaudeville with Fred Berrens (not 
to be confused with the Lane Sis- 
ters) is suing Dr. Louis Wolfe, 325 
W, 45th street, for daniages as a 
result of an allegedly permanent in- 
jury to her right leg, . . 
" MiKS Lane -visited -Dr; Wolf« for 
electrical baking treatments for 
torn ligaments suffered in a fall. 
About a year ago a deep burn was 
caused. The chorister states she 
waited this long, at Dr. Wolfe'.s 
suggestion, that it would take time 
to heal, but .she, complains the scar 
is visible from the front of tlie 
house and is a professional handl 
cap. 

Herman Mendes, Wbolworth 
building, is Mi.ss Lane's attorney 

Miss Churchill, Talkers 

Marguerite Churchill, who has 
hcon rapidly coming a.long in legit 
l(-ad rolos has gone under contract 
for Fox talking pioturcp. 

Miss nuirchill will ropoyt to W. 
R. Sheohan on tho Fox Hollywood 
lot sboilly ;iftcr Of-t. 1. 



EARL CARROLL SAILING 



Earl Carroll and his toi;biii<;.'i.l ui- 
rootor, B<.'rnnrd Lolimullcr, f-ail for 
Paris on tho ll^ d.> France i.hi.'^ .S-at- 
urday for a brief vaootion, Th' y 
will be bai'.k in .four wrf-k.*-. 

Carroll i.« r".'Hiyiv'iJ..,a booi; (•<.iJ.< <iy 
for winirT prodnviio'i^. 



Whether or not Jack Osterman 
or Phil Baker will star in "The 
Cabaret Boys" has yet to be deter 
mined. The Shuberts have both 
under contract. 

Originally, Sammy ,ShIpman and 
John B, Hymer wrote the piece foi- 
Baker and his partner, Sid Silvers, 
but these two may go into one of 
the Shubert . revues, "Night in 
Venice," 

Abe Lyman Is spoken of as the 
band attraction with "Cabaret 
Boys," all handled through Lyons 
& Lyons. 

Frances Shelley Well 

Albany, N. Y„ .Sept, 4 
Frances Shelley, injured in an 
automobile- accident, has been re 
leased from Albany ho.spitaJ_ and 
has returned to New York well 
again and able to resume her stage 
career. 

Miss Shelley was hurt when a car 
in which she and Beth Milton, al.so 
a member of "Rain or Shine," hit 
a tree and overturned on a road 
hoar Glen.*} .Fails more' than, two 
months ago. Miss Milton recovered 
earlier, 

Beth Milton, Miss Shelley's com 
panion on the ill fatod motor trip, 
recovered sooner but is still too 
.weak to return to. the stago. Mli-s 
Milton'ji eyesight Is slightly iiri 
paired and It will take timo for 
htr complete recovery, 

COHAN SIGNS SARIN 

Charles H. Sabin, formor part' 
n( r of r>arl).ara B(!nnett, has 
Rij;ii':a to di-nce with Polly Walkor 
in Coc-rge Cohan's, new muniral 

---I>i-1]-*. /'^- — ^ - 

S;ibin o-nd BMinctt dissolved their 
r;ir«n< rship aflor appearing at thn 
, N'.-w York, somo wc-ks ago. 

!l<iJi/in'H that SabIn wa.s to r< i."am 
I w itli JClonora Aloxandf-r, widow of 
, U-.e iate Maurice, prompted Mif^v. 
' Bt-rnott to demand a long torm <on- 
ItK'.rt I I c'.'-c, and n.he elscd. 



Salvin Leaves Mayan 

Los Angeles, Sept, 4 
Sam Salvin will give up his Jiease 
on the Mayan theatre Sept. 15, when 
"Cood News" closes its local run 
.and moves to the Curran, San Fran 
Cisco, 

George MUnker Watters, co-author 
of "Burlesque" and. recently a sce- 
nario writer, will take the house for 
his new play, opening Sept. 24. 

Taliaferro Aerial Pup 

Minneapolis, .Sept. 4. 
In order that her dog would not 
have to be crated and ride In a rail- 
road baggage car, ISdIth Teliafcrro, 
Bainbrldge Players (dramatic stook) 
leading lady at the Shubert, flew 
with the pup from Chicago to Min- 
neapolis on one of the regular planes 
now In service between the two 
cities! 

Miss Tialiaferro neglected to tell 
the theatre press agent about this 
trip, . A Tribune reporter, howevw, 
got the yam from the airplane com- 
pany; 



L.)S Angflcs, Sept. 4, 
Ak an .artt^rmaih of , his t rouble . 
with Ktiuity, which resultod in the 
Equity ban being placed iipoh him 
throe years ago, Louis Macloon, the- 
alrical producer, filed suit against 
Jane Cowl to recover )4,375 Of an 
alleged debt. Mis.s Cbw^l's ehgage- 
ment in "The Hoad to RomeV closed 
at the Belasco Sept, 1. . 

Macloon .illegos he advanced $10,- 
000 to Miss Cowl April 28,, 1925. 
whilo she was playing in one of his 
produotlons on tho Pacitic coast, 
under agreement wliereby she was. 
to repay, at the rate of $1,260 week- 
ly. Before the amount had been 
fully, paid off, Macloon tangled with 
Equity, with the result Equity or- 
dered Miss Cowl to leave his show. 

This she did, and now avers any 
further claim Macloon alleges he 
has upon her should be settled be- 
tween the producer and Equity and 
she.,has nothing to do with it. 

Macloon tried • to attach Miss 
Cowl's salary at the Belasco olllce, 
only to learn that her salary is paid 
in New York and she receives only 
expense money on tour, 

Isador Kornblumi, attorney for 
Misa Cowl,, and representative of 
Actor.s' Equity Association in JjOS 
Angelesi stated thiU the actress de- - 
nied that she had ever boiTowed 
any money from Macloon. 

"Before consenting to start a sea- 
son in California . under Macloon's 
management in 1925," he said, "Miss 
Cowl demanded that one-half of 
her .salary be deposited in advance, 
the rest to be paid during the pe- 
riod of playing, 

"Through Mr. Macloon's refusal 
to meet his obligatibiii to several 
members of Miss Cowl'^ company, 
the Actors' Equity Association re- 
fused to allow these members to 
act for Mr, Macloon, Miss Cowl 
was, ready and prepared to go on 
with her performance, but was un- 
able to do 80 without a company 
to play with her," 

The box office of the Majestlo 
theatre, housing "The Db.<jert Sbn^," 
produced by Lillian Albert.soh, wife 
of Macloon, was attached, for .sev- 
eral d4iyB last week, on a claim for 
$2,000 filed aigainst Macloon, et al, 
by S, P. Wood. 

James T. Boyle, attorney for 
Wood, stated that the claim was an 
assigned one for attorney's fees. 
The box olllce receipts were re- 
leased when the defendants posted 
a bond. 



GLEASQN'S SON Dff FILM 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4 
Russell Oleason, 20, son of James 
Gloason, playwright, makes his 
screen debut In "Shady Lady" for 
Patho, 

Robert Armstrong, friend of tho 
(Jloason family, and featured in the 
pictin-e, sold the idea of giving the 
younfc-ter a chance. 



Wisenfreund, Jewish Art 
Player, Signed by Fox 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Munio Wisenfreund, member of 
the Jewi.sh Art .PlaycrH, has been 
put under a five-year contract by 
Winnie Shechan for Fox. He la 
due here Sept, 15. 

Sheehan recently to'ok sOme char- 
acter tests of the actor, concluding 
with a Jckyll and Hyde to movie- 
tone. Sheehan now contemplates 
starring him In a series of four 
pictures a year with a possibility 
that the Jokyll and Hyde thing, as 
a talker, will be. the first. 



Actors Ignore Mail 

Lo.s Angeles, Sept. 4.. 
Actors forgot where th^'y livff, 
■'lavo no tf-h'iiliones and never read. 
ilKrir mail, according to 'Ch;irlf.i 
Mi)icr,-.r< j)r<'soT.itativc of the Actors' 
Equity A.s.'-iooiation hero, - 

There are about 300 unclaiini'd 
Ictiors awalLiijg call at ti>« Equity 
oin<:e at 041 2 Hollywood boulevard," 
.said Millor, "and If any important 
(.•ornminiicat.'oii arrivod from^ tho 

mcdiaTi'; noii"li<-;iLMon of alTbur m'-m- 
bor.s, many would go unnotifi<;d duo 
to tho .•iiitiquat"d aUdrof^.s*-.'! we have 
of ihcni," 

IIo urgf'd an irom'-diato rliccl.up 
l;y w< ,"-;t i iiK-inb' rs of tho (jr- 

j.'ai.i-/-alion who Iwi v.c- cliaugi d lh<-ir 



Lurie^ Turns Boniface 

Sah Francisco, Sept, 4, 
Louis Lurle, erstwhile local the- 
atre owner and well known as a 
realty operator, . has. turned hotel 
owner. 

Last week he closed a deal tak- 
ing over the owner.shlp of two Port- 
land hotels, the Mallory and the 
Sovereign at a cast of $1,000,000. 
He's. going to operate them himself 
until ho finds a buyer. 



Rambeau Signs 

Kun Fraiici.sco, S.opt. 4. 
Marjorio Ramhcau Jias boon 
signed by .Ho^iry Duffy to open at 
fho Al'-.-isjar >n'ro S'-pt, 23 In "An- 
tonio." T'rodiji'tion rcplacf-.s Duffy's 
"Tonnny," .wl)i'-h will have 12 woks 



"Dai.sy Miiym-' is a Jhip .at the 
I'ffsl'Ii'iit and v,iU l-o wlihdrawu 
Sfpt. 8 ari>'r thr(i' av..<i:,s; "J;ad- 
fcat.iring Uxhort ^tr-Qu-ado, 
Ivsill f'llif'W. others in oast include 
^;;,^|;,■ \V). !♦ Mi.'i p, Zfffio Tjl«bury 
I and (."hurl' • (Jol' iii.'m, 



50 



VARIETY 



L E G I T I M AT E 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



'lary Dugan," 




in 4 Shows; 



Xoirnnrf Also Opens Smartly 

Musical Holds Despite 28th Week— "Burlesque" Is 
Looked Upon as Possible Contender an Arrival 



Chicago, {Sc^pt. 4. 
■ Truil of Mai-y Dusa-n"— a whale 
of a hiu Ciiiica shelled out super- 
latives that should make a year's 
run out ot the W'oods piece at the 
Aclelphi, it there's any such thing 
as a yetu-'s run leCt in Chils legit. 
Capacity coin Is already counted for 
the first 12 weeks. Sharp figurors 
claim if "Bugan". doesn't grab the 
dramatic gross records for the new 
seasun, the interference will have 
to come from an attraction that 
isn't oh the horizon. 

Four new attractions. brought the 
list to 12 to mark the bpening of 
the new season. One of the marked 
incidents was the lack of any slow- 
up for- "CJood News." in . the 2Sth 
■week at the Selvyyn. The Labor 
Day getaways placed the Shubert 
legit machinery into full action,, .of-, 
fering one new house (Majestic) 
where "Night In Spain" was spotted 
for a, return, . 

The Shuberts start off the. new 
season with their stronghold In mu- 
sical i)lays. The independent, but 
booking controlled (Shuber.t) Stude- 
baker also holds the. strongest dra- 
matic attraction for competitive 
sales to t\\e three Brlanger houses. 
There's nothing in town that will 
approach the wave of popularity 
that ushered in the Adelphi show. 
Illinois Uriion Jam 
George Cohan's ''WhisperipB 
Friends" was unfortunately mixed 
up in orchestra trouble at the Il- 
linois Monday'; The premiere night 
was called off after the Capacity 
aiidience was seated. The piece got 
under way Tuesday and the oiit- 
and-out Cohan trademark for the 
attraction , Indicates the Illinois 
booking will step ahead of the two 
other Cohan productions in town, 
all with a $2,50 top. 

"Elmer the Great" will b© pulled 
Into New York at exactly the right 
time, leaving "By request" as the 
other Cohan production to battle 
along with the Illinois attraction 
Theatre Guild will follow "Elmer" 
at the Blackstone, ah*eady announc 
ing a three hundred per cent bigger 
Bubscription than previous bookings 
Figuring close as to the possi 
bilitles of each house, it can be 
stated the Great Northern is in for 
anotiier long engagement with 
"Maryland" nluch after the cam 
paighing of "Student Prince" and 
"Desert Song." The Great Northern 
has lie^n a huge money winner in 
the last three years. Jlepetition of 
more success is a good bet with 
"Maryland." 

Studebaker will have to depend 
upon "class patronage with "Com 
mand to Love," all of It coming 
from the stands and phone orders 
of the dubs. A new house is al 
ways an experiment, but the chances 
are the Shuberts have a good plcl 
in the Majestic to house their mu 
sical extravaganzas. Crackajack lo 
cation is*, the Majestic, overcoming 
wliat the Shuberts will lose with 
the temporary closing of the Olym 
pic. 

"Burlesque" a Contender 

. The. twins, Harris a;nd Selwyn 
will again strive to have two win 
tiing shows at the one and same 
timet "Burlesque" arrives thl 
month at the Harris, dark for 
long period. The picking at this 
time is that "Burlesque" will be 
the runner-up to "Mary Dugan 
When the season gets set. "Good 
News'! holds every earmark of be 
Ihg strong enough. on the 28th wee^^ 
to check up heavy profits, both ends 
until Thcinkspiving. 

Georpre M. Cohan has saved the 
Erlangipr houses with his three pro 
durtions, but in the cour.se of a sea 
son's boWking, the Blackstone, Er 
lanpor and Illinois will rank high in 
profits because of established pro- 
. duCtlons that arc already eritefed on 
the books. 

The Labor Day openings found the 
BhubertH fighting It out with the at- 
tractions, in their own houses with 
the command of the brokers' trade. 
Usually it has been the Shubert 
offices have had spirited competition 
from tlio Eriiinger houses, but the 
lineup of the shows this week with 
the exoojition of "Mary Dugan" 
which, ns stated is in a class for real 
demand all by herself, places , the 
brokers practically at the direction 
of the Shubert-controlled houses for 
the time being. 

Last Week's Estimates 

"My Maryland" (Great Northorii, 
ist week). Picked up extra coin 
'and separated itself from other 
""^^peTTifig'S"fOi-"-thr'welfnrc-of-thT; crit^ 
Ics by opening Saturday, Good bet 
for long run. 

"The Confmand to Love" (Stude- 
baker. 1st week). Lined UP at the 
brokers to draw the topnotch motor 
trade and bound to get the best of 
pUi.gging. Stepped off Sunday. 

"The Silent House" (Garrick. 1st 
week). M.vstQry play interest hasn't 
checked high hereabouts in recent 
yeari but this one will bo given 



plenty of attention as campaign for 
the opening . (Sunday) indicated. 
Excess Baggage" went out light, 
but left behind sensational figures 
foi" the greater portion of the 27 
weeks! engagement. 

"Night in Spain" (Majestic, Ist 
week). Return engagement of at- 
traction that ran Into high grosses 
on previous visit at Grand. Evi- 
dence that Shuberts intend to stand- 
ardize this house for their huisical 
extravaganzas. Fine location. 

Trial of Mary Dugan" (Adelphi, 
d weekt. Jumped Into high figures 
at the start, easily placed for capac- 
ty grosses for many weeks. News- 
paper reviews would have piece re- 
maining here at capacity for a year. 
Drew $12,000 gross for first four per- 
formances. , 

"Good News" (Selwyn, 28th 
week). Incoming; attractions reflect 
no slowup for this corking gross 
getter. Little variations in first half 
of the week's grosses y but slam 
bangs to hold around the $25,000 
mark. Betting still good this attrac- 
tion lasts until Thanksgiving. 

G r e.e n w i c h . Village Follies" 
(Grand, 5th week).. Spotty grosses 
but doing the expected and that's 
satisfaction. Chances prediction of 
average $28,000 for eight weeks still 
good, although last \yeek was under 
the average by nearly $2,000. 

"By Request" (Erlanger, 3d week). 
Grosses of around $13,000 vvill make 
a long run for this Cohan produc- 
tion at $2.50 top. 

"Trapped" (Woods, 4th. week). 
Remaining vc-eeks to better $8,000 
gross yvlU depend upon what a;dded 
campaigning, if any, the rrianage- 
ment does. 

"Elmer the Great" (Blackstone, 
11th week).' Considering every thihg. 
piece can be said to be ready for the 
long New York run. Avera,^e $12,- 
000 grosses at $2.50 top excellent for 
a hot summer' stay in Chi. 

"A Companionate Marriage" 
(Cort, 16th week). Two weelcs to 
go when house draws new attrac 
tion. Back again to the $6,000 gross 
but regardless of slow pace through 
out major part of engagement doubt 
ful if any money, was lost. . 

"Whispering Friends" (Illinois,. 2d 
week). Ran Into union troube Mon 
day, cancelling premiere perform 
ance, forcing money refund. Got 
started .Tues(3ay, with $12,000 the 
initial take. 




HOSTESS" ONLY SO-SO 



BERTLYTELL 

Mr. Lytell Is now: on the Coast 
making a talking picture for War- 
ner Brothera and will be back Iri 
New York the latter part of October 
to start rehearsals 1q a drama that 
Is slated to open on Broadway in 
December. 

Directtion 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 Broadway 



'DRACULA/ $14,000, FRISCO 

Builds on 2d Week— "Spider," Its 
Rival, Lower at $14,000 < 



.- • San Francisco, Sept. 4. 
It was a neck and rieck break for 
first box office honors between 
"Dracula" at the Columbia and "The 
Spider" at the Geary. "Dracula" in 
its second week showed a slight In- 
creaLse, grossing close to $14,500^ 
while "The Spider" In Its third week 
got $14,000, a little tapering off. 

Henry Duffy's . Alcazar with 
"Tommy" in the ninth week held up 
strong at $5,700. At the President 
the customers didn't take to "Daisy 
Mayme," $4,000, considerable of a; 
drop. 

The Curran with "'Vyhat a Man," 
starring John L. Murray, hit around 
$8,000, but Indications are that it 
will build. 



Shows in N. Y. and Comment 



Figures estimatod an.d comment pomt to soma •ttractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest . 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in the difference in. . 
house capacities with the varyiiiii overhead. Also the size of cast, '■ 
with consequent difference in necessary gross of profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 

Classification of attraction, house capacity and top prices of the 
admission scale given below. Key to classification: , C (comedy); 
D (drama); R (revue); M (musical comedy); F (farce); O (operetta). 



Adntissibn tax applies on tickets over 



Only $6,700 in Minneapolis for Bain- 
bridge's Big Adventure 

Minneapolis, Sept. 4. 

"Night Hostess," nevv" John Golden 
production, brought here by "Buzz" 
Bainbridge from New York on a 
guarantee prior to Its opening at the 
Martin Beck theatre; Sept. 10, and 
returning to Gotham Immediately 
after St. Paul, did only about $6,700 
the week. Its failure to hit. a high 
gross, however, means little because 
this town does not take kindly to 
the night club and crook melo- 
dramas. Even, "Broadway" could 
not do profitable business here, de- 
spite all its prestige. 

The McCall-Bridge Players (mus- 
ical comedy tab), opening tliird sea- 
son with "Queen High," did the best 
'first week business they ever have 
enjoyed here, close to $6,500. 

Mutual wheel burlesque got a good 
start at the Gayety, the "Radium 
Queens" getting nearly $5,000. 

"Broadway," with Edith Talla- 
ferror launched the Bainbridge Play- 
ers on their 1928-29 season at the 
Shubert last Sunday afternoon. 



Jane Cowl Capacity 

Phis in Los Angeles 



Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 
' With the house capacity $20,O0S, 
the Belasco for the third aind final 
week of Jane Cowl In "The Road to 
Rome" put chairs in the aisles and 
tilleid $21,500. 

"Good News" was close to $20,000 
for Its 16th week at the Mayan. 
"Desert Song," eleventh week, at 
the Majestic, hovered around $1,1,- 
500. 

"Pair o* Docs," presented by Max 
Dill (Kolb and PIU) claimed $8,000 
for the second week at the Holly- 
wood Music Box. Play expanded 
from one-a.cter done by Bohemian 
Club, San Francisco. 

"Clarence," revival at the Vine 
Street, reported $7,000 for third 
week. At prices, big. Leo Car- 
riUo^'s revival of "Lombard!, Ltd.," 
a block away at the Playhouse, 
grossed $5,600. 

"Wooden Kimonb" $6,900 first 
week at President. 'TBaby Cyclone'' 
at El Capitan $5,100. "Window 
Panes," starring Sarah Padden,, $1,- 
500 at Egan for ninth and final 
week. 



Queen's Husband" Leads 
Double Life on Stage 

Chicago, Sept. .4. 

"This Queen's Husband," by 
Robert K. Sherwood, opens at the 
Cort Sept. 16 with Roland; Young. 
It suc'cced.s "A Companionate Mar- 
riage," after a run of 19 weeks. 

The Sherwood piece also will be 
the firtit orforihg of Jo.ssie BonstcUe's 
Detroit Civic, opening Sept. 5 by 
firrangeinent "with Wm. A. Brady, 
and Dwight D. Wlman. 



4 YEAR CLAIM SETTLED 

A claim for salaries which had 
been pending four year.** against 
S. W. Manheim, Cleveland show-, 
man, has been settled by Equity. 
It ,c^o n co r ns th e,: pla^i er s.^. i n. a ^«ho \v. 



called "J'finsy" presented by Mlnd- 
lin and (Joldroyer with Mrinheim's 
backing. 

Manlielm claimed there was some 
monkey business but agreed to pay 
off. About $1.GD0 was involved, 
partly collected through .attorneys 
in Cleveland some time ago. The 
sum ri't)ies(Mils a week's s.nlary for 
the ca.st. 



Keith Stock Held In 

Providence, Sept. 4. 

For thie first tlm^ln^many moons 
Providence fs seeing two stocks In 
hectic oppoSlsh. Instead of ringing 
down on the drama the Saturday 
before Labor Day, a precedent for 
28 years, the Keith-Albee Interests 
this year are bucking the Fay chain 
stock opening at the Modern, for 
September at. least. 

The Modern had ah auspicious 
first night, &onday, "Her Card- 
board Lover" was the bill. At the 
Albee "Abie's Irish Rose" was pre- 
sented. Harry Vokes was Imported 
especially. 



"FACTS" DUE SEPT. 17 

Annual edition of "Bare Facts' 
supplants "Triangle Blues" at the 
Triangle, Greenwich Village, Sept. 
17. "Blues" Is a colored music;' 1 
which followed In the Negro Art 
Theatre season at the downtown 
bandbox. . 
Present pl ans for .''FacU '' call J'>J 



a six. weeks subscription season .'iiul 
then a shift uptown for a continued 
run. 



"A Connecticut Yankee," Vander- 
bilt (45 th week) <M-882-$5.50). 
High temperatures at mid-week 
found reaction In later days last 
week; "Yankee" going along nicely 
to nearly $17,000 last ^\'eek. 

"Blackbirds," Liberty (18th week) 
(R-l,202-$3). Quoted at more 
than $18,500 last week; recently 
hit high mark of $20,000; colored 
show making, real money; due to 
tour mid-October. 

"Caravan;" Klaw (Id week) (D-830;: 
$3). Opened Wednesday last 
week; in five performances about 
$1,000; plenty Improvement nec- 
essary. 

"Coquette," Maxine Elliott's (44th 
week) (D-912-$3.85). Two weeks 
more, then to road; spanned the 
sumriier easily with fine run; 
lately about $8,500, 
"Diamond Lil," Royale (22d week) 
(CD-l,lI7-$3). Holding its. own; 
dfew good money throughout thie 
summer; somewhat affected last 
week but got its share at more 
than $12,000. . . 

."Elmer Gantry," Playhouse C5tii 
week) (D-871)-$3). Cpntinuanee 
depends on business this week; 
slipped rather than improved last 
week's takings; rated- about $5,500. 
"Eva the Fifth," Little (2d week) 
(C-53b; $3). May nave a chance 
. with favorable break from re- 
viewers. ' 
"Front Page," Times Square (4th 
weiek) (C-l,057-$3,85). Away out 
in front of new show field; tops 
; non -musicals; last week quoted at 
more than $24,900, wjiich is over 
capacity; real hit. 
"Gang ..War," Morosco (3d week). 
(CD-893-$3). Fair business sec- 
ond week, which approximate4 
$8,000; better weather might shove 
trade up. 
"Goin' Home," Hudson (3d week) 
(C-l,0i)4-$3). .. Seems to be well 
liked but last week's trade hardly 
a good line on chances; about $5,- 
500; this week ought to tell. 
"Good News," Chanin's 46th Streiet 
(53d week). (M-l,413-$5.50). Now 
in second season; started this 
week strongly. Indicating contin- 
uance through fall; $16,000 last 
weiek. 

"Gentlemen of the Press," Henry 
Miller's (2d week) (C-946-$3). 
Appears doubtful, although better 
line should be indicated this week:; 
first week'is gross estimated around 
$7,000; has $9,000 stop limit. 
"Good Boy," Hammersteln's (1st 
week) (M-1.400-$5.50). Reported 
much Improved over out-of-town 
premiere and highly regarded; 
opens tonight (Sept. 5). 
"Grand Street Follies," Booth (15th 
week) (R-704-$3). Another three 
weeks or so; downtown group has 
:done well vv'ith co-operative show; 
recent pace around $9,000. 
"Guns," Wallack's (5th week) (D- 
770-$3). Weather no help but 
management still hopeful; light 
grosses to date with last week es- 
timated about $3,000. . 
"He Understood Women," Belmont 
(4th week) (C-515-$3). Small cost 
attraction; last week estiniated 
around $3,000 at which figure both 
house and show reported breaking 
even. 

"Heavy Traffic," Empire (1st week) 
(CD-l,099-$3.85). Presented by 
Gilbert Miller; authored by Arthur 
Richman; house lights tip for sea- 
son tonight (Sept. 5). 
"Machinal;" Plymouth (1st ■ week) 
(D-l,012-$3). Presented by Arthur 
Hopkins; written by Sophie 
Treadwell; rehearsed under cover; 
relights house Friday (Sept. 7). 
"Porgy," Republic (2d engagement) 
. (15th week) (CD-901t$3). Colored 
cast drama going oh tour again 
. after another two weeks; has 
spanned the suriimer, as expected, 
though to moderate trade;- lafit 
week $5,000. 
"Present Arms," Mansfield. Ended 
onga.gement lust Friday to niake 
jlimp to Detroit for Sunday open- 
ing; house dark; "Arms" played 
19 weeks' to fair business. 
".Rain or Shine," George M. Coluln 
. •(31st week) (M-),371-$r,.50;. Ex- 
pected to last until Washington's 
Birthday; holding to substantial 
business; over $28,500 last week, 
"Relations," Masque (3d week) (C- 
700-$3). Has done little to date; 
must pick up materially to stick; 
second week's gross estimated 
under $2,500, using two for ones. 
"Ringside," Bro.'vdhurst (2d week) 
Xi;La.liaif.l)-.J\\:t!lLjQC£fiiX.ed=by^xi^^^ 



^: since . arrival; expected to go 
througii : new season; standee 
trade the rule; over $49,000. 

"Show Boat,". Ziegf eld (37th week) 
(M-i,750-$6.60). Rated the surest 
among last season's musicals to 
extend f^r in hew season; sum- 
mer affected pice for a time, "but 
trade came back; $45,000. 

"Skidding,^ Bayes (16th week) (C- 
860-$3). Getting something, biit 
dependent on stock rights to get 
off the nut; claimed to be better- 
ing $3,O0O. 

"Strange .Interlude," John Golden 
(32d week) (b-900-|'4,40). Figured 
to last Into mid-wi.nt6r and looks 
sure of a year's run; only "Front 
Page*' getting better business 
among .dramas; last Week virtual 
capacity- at $15,700. 

"The Bachelor Father," Belasco 
(28th week) (C-l,000-$3. 85). Heat 
h.urt early last week, but clo-sed 

.strongly; gross about $124)00; 
only needs favorable theatre 
weather. 

"The Big . Pond," Bijou (3d .week> 
(C-605-$3). Light comedy with a 
chance to stick for a time, though 
not figured for real money; last 
week about $6,500. 

"The Ladder," Cort (98th week) 
(CD-l,094-$3). Just waiting until 
rental expires early in November; 
a few hundred dollai's the weekly 
gross. 

"The Money Lender," Ambassador 
(2d week) (CD-i,000-$3). Jew and 
Gentile play; started mildly and 
figures, to be that kind of attrac- 
tion. 

"The Phantom Lover, 49th Street 
(1st week) (D-708-$3). Presented 
by Gustav Blum; adapted from 
the German of Georg Kaiser; . 
opened Tuesday night. 

"The Royal Family," Selwyn (37th 

. week) (C-l,667-$3.85). With Eng- 
lish ' hit reyue "This Year oC 
Grace" set back a bit, current 
show may stay until Oct. 15; last 
week got over $9,500; a last sea- 
son's smash. 

"The Silent House," Shubert (31.st 
Week) (D-l,395-$3). Making 
money and will hold over for a 
. time; moves to the Harr-is next 

. Week; "White Lilacs" coming here 
next week; "House" over $9,000. 

'?The Song Writer," 48th Street (4th 
week) (Ci!-969-$3). Getting light, 
trade aind not . figured to stick; 
la:st week around $5,000; weather 
should account . for better show- 
Ing. . 

"The Three Musketeers," Lyric 
(26th week) (O-l,395-$6.60). Plans 
call for continuance well Into fall; 
biisiness around $30,000, or a bit 
more. 

"The Trial of Mary Dugan," Cen- 
tury (51st week) (D-2,890-$3). 
Moved here Monday from Harris 
for four week date; then to road. 

"Vanities." Karl Carroll (5th week) 
(R-968-$7.70). Excellent trade to 
date and . looks like a. run; busi- 
ness virtual capacity since open- 
ing; rated at $40,000 or more. 

"Volpone," Guild (18th week) (C- 
941-$3.85). Approximated $6,000 
last week; will probably, go 
through September; Theatre Guild 
opening new season next month 
with "Faust." 



Loew's Old New Rochelle 
Becomes Legit Tryout Site 



' "Tlie " old LoeW vatfde ^ h'oiT^^ 
New Rochelle becomes a legit hou-se 
through a new arrangement made 
by Loew and the Shuberts. Legit 
regime makes a try out stand. 

Theatre seats 1,800 and shows 
will play at $1.50 top. The first is 
set for Sept. 24, with "Adventure." 
Following week will be the new; 
Janet Beecher pl.ay and the week 
after the new Florence Nash show. 



Chi. B- O. Men's Revel 

Chicago ■ Theatre Treasurers' 
Ass'n win hold Its annual ball this 
year in the Grand b.allroom of th'* 
Sherman Hotel, Nov. 1. 



viewer.'!, but heat hurt first per 
formances; ojH'iU'd Wednesday of 
last week, getting about $7,500, 
about a $13,000 weekly i)ac.e, 

"Rosalie," New Amsterdam .(35th 
week) (M-l,702-$G.0p). Due to 
t.'ikc to road next month; holding 
to about same busljies**; Last 
wecU'H takings nearly $29,000, 

"Scandals," Apollo flOth week) (R- 
I,in3-$C.G0). Haft topped musicals 



Musical Staying Out 

"Just a Minute," the Morrus and 
Green musical opening in Spring- 
field, Mass., Monday, may. stay 
out of town 12 or 15 weeks before 
coming to Broadway. 

It depends how the show gets 
over in Boston. It's due there at 
the Trcmont next Monday (.^ept. 
10), and all things being equal will 
stick, until tbe demand i)eters out. 



LYONS' "SHOW SHOP" 

First legit effort of Lyons and 
Lyons will be a musical revue n"\v 
titled "The Show Shop." 

Name will probably be changed 
as this was the title of . a former 
stage comedy in which Douglas 
Fairbanks appeared some years 
ago. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



51 



30 R Y. HOUSES DARK AS NEW 
SEASON MAKES SLUGGISH START 

i 

•^Front Page" Grossing $24,500 Tops Field of Drama 
^"Vanities" Capacity at $40,000— "Ringside" 
Looks Like $14,000 Start 



Broadway's new eeason has got- 
off to an exceptionally alow 
^rt, that going for the number of 
new attractions and the merit of 
'&eib. Of the 15 nevy; shows that 
arrived up to Labor Day il are on 
cut rates. Two of the remaining 
Quartet are unquestioned successes 
while a reasonably good chanc6 is 
claimed for the other pair. 

Labor Day (Mbnday) was passed 
VP by the producers although there 
are four hew offerings for this week. 
By Friday the total number of cur- 
rent attractions w;lll only be 39. 
There are almost. 30 dark theatres 
and at least 40 new shows must be 
brought in before Thanksgiving If 
Broadway's legitimate- field Is to ap- 
proximate full activity, because 
most of the new trys are hopeless. 

"The iBYont Page" is the stand- 
out attraction thus far among the 
dramas, topping its field at the 
Times Square by a wide margin, the 
gross last. week, exceeding 1124,500. 
*Vanitlei3'* at the Carroll is enjoy- 
ing capacity trade too, grossing 
around $40,000 weekly. Last week 
Ulngside" started with an Indi- 
cated pace of $14,000 weekly, get- 
ting about $7,500 in the first five 
performances, doubtless, hurt by the 
heat. The latter applleia to "Eva 
the Fifth" and the Little, which 
drew favorable notices but little 
trade. "Gentlemen of the Press" at 
. Henry Miller's got around $7,000 for 
the initial week with small agency 
demand. That applies to "The 
Money Lender" at the Ambdssadpr 
And "Caravan" at the Klaw Which 
got about $1,000 in five perform-: 
ances. These three attractions at 
once went Into cut rates. 

The week's heat a.nd the holiday 
«zodus meant mediocre theatre go- 
ing. Nearest to "Front Paige'? 
Among the non-musicals Is "Strange 
Interlude,"^ the best draniatlc pros- 
pect to hold over through the. new 
•eason. It got $15,700 last wieek; 
*rrhe Bachelor Father" a,nd ^'Dia- 
inond Lll" rated next, around $12,- 
000, or a bit more; "The Royal Fam- 
ily" got $9,500, with "The Silent 
feouse" about the same; "Coquette," 
which is leaving next week, got 
$8,500; newer shows getting small 
money Include "Elmer Gantry," $5,.r 
kOO; same for "Goin' Home''; less 
for "The Song Writer"; two others 
In the group doing better are "Gang 
War" at $8,000 and "The Big Pond" 
Around $7,000; but "He Understood 
Women" only about $3,000; same 
tor "Guns" and "Relations." 

The musical bunch is little 
changed over previous standing 
"Scandals" toppinff the field at over 
$49,000; "Show Boat" is excellent at 
145,000 and is the leading . musical 
prospect to hold over; "Three Mus 
keteers," which did very well dur 
Ing summer, got about $32,000 last 
week; "Rosalie" a,nd "Rain or 
Shine" over $28,000; several other 
musicals picked up lately "Black- 
birds," bettering $18,000 last week, 
"ATid "Cewneeticiit Tankee,'' reaching 
close to $17,000; "Good News," 
good until December, was placed 
around $16,000; "Grand Street Fol 
lies" due out soon, $9,000. 

Next week's new productions are 
"Night Hostess," Beck;. "White Li- 
lacs," Shubert ("The ^ilent House" 
moved from there to the. Har- 
ris) ; "The High Road," Fulton; 
"Trapped," National; "The Great 
Power," Rltz. "The New Moon" and 
"Jealousy" have been postponed a 
week or so. This week's premieres 
are "Good Boy," Hammerstein's; 
•'Heavy Traffic," Empire; "Machi 
nal," Plymouth, and "The Phantom 
Lover," 49th Street. 



Buster West Back 

By setting bia.ck two foreign en- 
gagements, Buster aiid John West 
reported at "Ups-a-Tjaisy,'' rehear- 
sals for Which show they are con- 
tracted at $1,250 a week. Berlin 
contract which John West, Buster's 
father and attorney-in-fact, signed 
on their behalf calls for $1,750 a 
week and another contract for the 
Klt-Cat Club, London, effective in 
December, Is also being set back. 

The Wests got in Monday on the 
Karlsruhe, starting rehearsals with 
"Ups-a-Dalsy" Immediately but not 
in their orlgina.1 assignments. Russ 
Brown (Brown and Whitaker) was 
subsequently signed for the part. 

The foreign mrx-up resulted from 
a desire by each of the Wests t6 
surprise the other. Accordingly, at 
about the same time, father and 
son negotiated different contracts. 

Robert Keith Released 

Robert Keith; legit actor, was re- 
leased from durance vile this week 
to resume reheia,rsals with the com- 
pany of the Theatre Guild In which 
he will go on tour this season. 

•Keith was arrested last- week on 
a civil warrant Issued by. his formter 
wife, Helen Shipmah, who claimed 
the actor wais In arrears on alimony 
to the tune Of $4,035. The body at- 
tachment was issued through the 
former Mrs. Keith's representation 
that Keith's tour with the guild 
repertory would ^keep him beyond 
the jurisdiction of New York state 
for 36 weeks. 

After a hearing Keith was re- 
manded to the civil prison and later 
liberated on $1,000 bond. Since 
Keith's divorce from Miss Shipman 
he has remsu-ried. Pe^ •Entwhistle. 
his present Wife, Is also appearing 
in the same Guild company. 



Few Withdrawals 



With the new .show crop lagging 
back, ©roadway has seen few with- 
drawalSf^"Ncr-closlnes'ai'e-6Chedulcd= 
for this week. 

"Present Arms" was withdrawn 
from the Mansfield last Friday in- 
stead of Saturda,y in order to make 
Detroit for the Sunday opening, 
The Rho'w spanned the. summer 
starting well theh tapering for a 
"moderate success run o£ 19 weclcs. 



Shows in Rehearsal 



"So This Is Marriage" U'at- 
terson McNutt). 

"Girl : Trouble" (R i c h a r d 
Heindon). 

"The Staged' (Carl Reed). 

"Jarnegan" (Paul Strcgor). 

"Adventure" (John Willard). 

"Murder" (George Loeffler). 

"Deuce« Wild" (Andy 
Wright). . 

"Tin Pan Alley" (Henry 
Forbe.p). • 

"The Legacy" (Woods & Mil- 
ler). 

"Ups-a-Daisy" (Gensler). 



4 NEW SHOWS 
OPENINPHILLY 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



Demp'sey a Better Draw 
Than Actor — "War 
Song** Has Chance 



'Cros^ My Heart,* $18,000 

Boston, Sept. 4. 
Business at the local legit houses 
last , week was off. . Unless there is 
some exceptional break a couple of 
shows now here are on their last 
week, the week ending Saturday be- 
ing just about the toughest of the 
entire summer. 

"Sunny Days," which hais been at 
the Shubert for several weeks, is 
due to wind up as i» also "The 
Great Necker" ut the Wilbur. Ham- 
merstein's "Golden Dawn" will go 
into the Shubert with "Take the 
Air" supplanting the attraction cur- 
rent at the Wilbur. . 

In its first week at the Colonial 
"Cross My Heart" Is estimated at 
$18,000 and. holds over. Hollis 
opened this week with "Whispering 
Friends" and the Tremont holds 
"Just a, , Minut^."^ . . 

Niigent Gets Sound Bid 

J. e. Nugent, co-author of and 
appearing In "By Request" at the 
Erlanger, and Doc Rockwell of the 
Greenwich Village Follies at thfe 
Grand Opera House, have both re- 
ceived ofCfers from sound film pro- 
ducers. 

Nugent, under contract to George 
Cohan, has the matter under ad- 
visement, and Rockwell Is already 
writing material for Movietone. 

SINGS "AIDA" UNREHEARSED 

St. L/Ouis, Sept. 4. 

Mme. Stella DeMcttc, prlnia 
donna of the Royal Opera Com- 
pany, Copenhagen, stepped, unro- 
-hearsMiJnto^the title jolej)f "Aida" 
at the Municlpai Opera perfafm-^ 
ance in Forest Park . one night lalst 
week, when Leona Kruse waS sud- 
denlcy taken ill. 

Mme, DeMette was visiting her 
parents here. Dailies deemed it one 
of the most effective bits of op- 
eratic pinch hitting ever recorded. 



Philadelphia,. Sept. 4. 
Philadelphla'B theatrical season 
cracked wide open last night, and 
the five opening shows got one of 
the best weather breaks .possible 
when Labor Day was overcast, 
rainy and cooL ' 

The main mob turned out for ''The 
Big Fight" at the Chestnut Street 
Opera House. In fSact. most of the 
day the theatre was besieged with 
thrill chasers trying to get a 
glimpse of Dempsey. The ei-champ 
was given an ovation on his ap- 
pearance, and so was' Estelle Tay- 
lor; Critics admit the show has 
the earmarks of a smash despite 
the fact that the atory is old and 
worn and the acting not so hot. 

Sam . Harris had two openings 
here. Competing with "The Big 
Fight" was Georg^e Jessel'a "The 
War Song" at the Lyric. Second 
stringers gave it a warm hand with 
the star getting a better break than 
the play. » 

TWO musicals also opened with 
promise. Gcorgl© Cohan's "Billie" 
was acclaimed as. one of his best, al- 
though an hour too long.' Score 
and lyrics emphasized as notable. 
This Is In for three weeks at the 
Garrick and may possibly move to 
another house If it clicks. "Hold 
Everything," at the Shubert, drew* 
just fair notices. Although it has 
had a week, in Newark, consensus 
of opinion was that a lot of work 
is needed. . This one stays three 
weeks instead of the two originally 
scheduled. 

The fifth of last night's openings, 
and the only one with a New York 
tag from last season, was "The 
Skull" at the Walnut. It claimed a 
gross of over $1,700 last night 
thanks to a last minute rush. It 
ought to get by 6n the Walnut's 
regular clientele. 

' Forrest delayed Its opening of 
"Chee Chee" until tonight (Tues- 
day) to get the first string critics. 

"Good ' Boy," Hammerstein's big 
musical, grossed about $27,600 in 
its second and final week at the 
Shubert Show was running at top 
speed when It left here. Myron 
Fagan's "The Great PoWer" won 
notices that ranged from praise to 
panning and business was spotty 
up at the Adelphl. This Is the last 
week. 

Estimates for Last, Weeli 

"Hold Everything" (Shubert 1st 
week). Musical In for three weeks; 
needs plenty of fixing; "Good Boy" 
got about $27,500 at a $3 top last 
week. . " '"—^ • 

^Billie" (Garrick, 1st week), 
Cohan musical in for three weeks; 
got great notices; If btisiness war- 
rants It, talk of moving It to sm- 
other house. 

"The Big Fiflht" (Chestnut, 1st 
week), Dempsey a sensational draw 
althbtigh not strong In show; in for 
two weeks. 

"The ; War Song" (Lyric, 1st 
week>. George Jesscl drama In for 
two weeks; well regarded. 

"The Skull" (Walnut, 1st week). 
Mystery thriller in for three weeks: 
only show of batch not a tryout. 

"Ghee Ghee" (Forrest, Ist week). 
Opening delayed until Tuesday to 
(tot first strong critics; In for throe- 
weeks. 

"The Great Power" (Adelphi, 2d 
week). Myron P'agan drama fi<>L 
mixed notices and not mucli. bii.si 
ness. This is final week. 



JiM.trar !>. Davi,^, Uic i;in l,i,^s baclsor of a lnnl show to a millitm and 
n quai'tVi- loss, ha.-^ ;»il\ <'rli.-<i'il that unU'ss tho show. "Tlie I.,addor," tie'- 
'Con\c's si'lf-siippoi liiiK 'l>y N'uv, I ni-xt lie will oloso it at tlie Cort, Xew ' 
York. Davis may .consiiVor lliat tijno limit a throat, but the sliow will 
olosp. Vory few (.•o'liipaniiivoly cared to soc It, for nothing. A.s th9 
wookly gross sinct? an admission was taokod on ,ha!=i\'t exceod<»d Sl.OOO 
in any one week, soing as low as ?-iOO in anoilior, - thoro's no notHl of' 
Davis \vorryinK over his slunv's ' (inish. . . 

. About .the. only comniiMit , left is whether the bompany of aetors in 
the mammoth money flop, who havp worked steadily at full pay,, w^ith . 
presents from the prodiieer in addition, have joined to give Davis a 
token of their appreeiation. He is at least entitled: to thanks from 
somebody for ca.s.tint^- away a fortune, rememlierinj?, of , course, the 
crippled- children, orphans. lVi<5 ill and .needy, and the poorhouses, 

A Variety representative froin the Ijondon otlVee, when in Varis re- ' 
cently, went ■ back-sia.i;e of - the Kolies liei\i;ere .to see ■ an Ameriean 
artist playing in the show. lie luitieed' the entrance gates, usxially Aylde 
open, giving a glimpse of behind the .seenes, wer.e entirely closed and 
the stage-dpor keeper eyeing evei-y etUrant rather siispieiously; After 
a long wait and a lot of trouble, he was allowed to see the artist in a 
sepai^te room away from the stage. Oh inquiry as to the sudden 
stringency, the representative was given the low-down. 

It appears that several months ago' a scout , for .i well-known Ameri- 
can producing concern beca^me friendly for a consideration with one of 
the stage directors and was allowed plenty of liberty behind, with the. 
result he obtained several inside ideas about certain scenes his firni was . 
particularly interested in. These scienes were reproduced in a big. 
Broadway show, and Derval, the oAvner of the Folies Bergere, learned 
about it. Hence the order that the stage dbors be kept closed and that 
no strangers be allowed upon the stage under any circumstances. 

Milto'n Herbert Gropper, author of the Dempsey-Taylpr play, "The 
Big-Fight," Is reported to have had several differences of opinion with 
David Belasco over the latter's direction in rehear.sal. It's reported 
Bela.sco threatened to bar Gropper from the stage. 



The original ending of the third act in "Front Page" had the h.ard 
boHed managing" editor using a torrent of slang and profanity in de- 
scribing over the phone the Eucharistic Congress that was due in Chi- 
cago. Pursuing the play's general attitude of disrespiect towards celebri- 
ties, thie script rieferred with slangey familiarity to a Cardinal. It was 
decided to. drop this and substitute o"ne less vitriolic. 



Stock producers are after mellef.s. Due to the, popularity of screen 
and stage pieces o'f meller tinge. H<?retofore comedies had the stock 
edge^ 

Dramatics of blood and thunder will, require a deeper dent ihto^ the 
Steele pocketbook as they require, a. bigger cajst and some special sets. 



At least one of the host of several authors of "Gentlemen of the Press" 
didn't attend the premiere at the Henry Miller, New: York. 

Willard Keefe, who splits one of the fractions with Ward More- 
house who Is the programmed playwright, was celebrating a pre-premlere 
whoopee in Atlantic City. Whether an irate stage hand or a. trick of 
fate caused Keefe to trip or slip, a fractured ankle was the total toll. 
Incapacitating the newspaperman-p. a. for a spell. 



The embarrassment of riches accounts for "Just Imagine," the fifth 
so'ng hit. out of "Good News" first coming to the fore. Bobby Crawford 
who publishes DeSylva, Brown and Henderson's numbers knew he had 
his hands full with "Varsity Drag," "Lucky In Love," "Best Things in 
Life Are Free" and "Good News" from that show and deliberately buried 
the "Just Imagine" song until a year later, when the others will have 
had their reign. 

Still a sixth song hit highly touted from the start, the .waltz, "Girl of 
Phi Beta Phi," will not be wo'rkod on but instead;^ after the musical has 
run another season, the tune will be set to .anoth'er lyric because Of Its 
potentialities for hitdom. 



Much talk about the Inability of the stage, prior to' Jed Harrl.s, to 
produce a successful play about newspaper life. 

A successful newspaper play titled "The Fourth Estate," by Jim 
Patterson and James Keeley, both of the Chicago Tribune^ was success- 
fully produced in 1909 at Wallaclc's theatre. New York. It played two 
years between Manhattan and the road. Pauline Frederick wais in the 
.cast. • 



Schwab and Mandel's "The New Moon" operetta which comes into 
the Imperial, New York, Sept. 18, is that firm's most ambitious produc- 
tion, costing $160,000 to' mount. "Good Nc.ws" stood the firm less than 
half of that. 

Larry Schwab and Buddy DeSylva, of DeSylva, Bro^yn and Henderson, 
sail for Bermuda Sept. 22 to complete the book for a new intimate mur 
slcal which will follow "Good News" into Chanln's 46th St. rls:ht after 
Christmas. The present incumbent is figured to last until the holidays. 
The new show will hold Zelma O'Neal, Don Tomkins and Jack Haley of 
"News" who are under contract to the firm. 



When Alfred Lunt was called upon to play the part of Babe In "Ned 
McCobb's Daughter" he appealed to Bob Armstrong, at that time play- 
ing in "Is Zat So?," for- coaching on the gestures and vernacular of an 
east side bootlegger. 

Armstrong ^ave: Lunt the tips and now, two years lateir, Armstrong 
finds Tilm self portfayiHf^ the ' &anTe"role-f or the screen -version of "Ned 
McCobb's Daughter" being filmed by Pathe. 



Thie natme of Alfred G. Wilkes, Los Angeles theatrical producer and 
brother of 'Tom Wilkes, was brotfght into the Melius murder case, in 
which "Butcher Boy" Leo Kelley is accused of murdering Myrtle Mollu.'J, 
wealthy Los Angeles society woman, when a number of the murdered 
woman's letter.? to Kelley were read in court; In one written from near 
San Jose, Californiai Mrs. Melius states that "the Wilkes got here last 
eveniiig," and she refers, several times to "Olivette," who is Mrs. Wilkes. 



GREEN ST. JLEnGHTS 

-San -F ran cl .sco,.^Sfipt..^i.. 



Sid Goldtree, impresario of the 
Green' Street Playhouse, local home 
of the paprika drama, will re-light 
after two months darkness with 
"Easy For Zee Zee," French farce. 
Kathrrine F.rendahl Will he fea- 
tured. 



Fritz Lciber, Shakcsperean star, toUrs this season under the .mana;ge- 
ment of S. W, Manheim, the Cleveland burlesriue impresario. Manheim 
now has his fingers in the Leibcr inanagemont, an interest in the Little 
theatre, Cleveland, which is producing high brpw stuff and the bur- 
lesque theatre there, which i.sn't producing high brow stuff. 

Another. Shakcsperean troupe to tour this year will be the so-called 
Stralford-on-Avon Players, from the Stratford Memorial Theatre, Eng- 
land. This company varies from time to time, however, and the cast 
for the American tour has not been announced. One of the stalwarts of 
the company, Ballol Holloway, over here with the Theatre Guild la.st 
.season, is going to tour Canada at the he.id of his own Shakcsperean 
conijjany. 



. Jj'tiCiial^yea^ 

York Telegram,, was drowned in the surf at Berniuda . whilcntryjng iB 
save Helen Sullivan who was caught in the undertow. Both were lost 
A lawyer who wnn vlsltihg the islands at the tira'V pres.sed a claim 
against the Fnnie.ss-Bermuda stefimship line. The contention was that 
tlie bathing party was one of the line's side e.xcursion.s people being 

(Continued on page 54) 



52 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, September S, 1028 



Plays on Broadway 



are given full bpportunlty for out- 
let under the inducement of native 

They slnff, they dance, they ca- 
vort. One waxes indigro on the har- 
monica: another on a guitar; all 



public impression when he played 
In Hot Springs with "A Wife In 
Name Only" was the most ribald 
form of Jesting essayed. 

The performances are consistent- 
ly good. Miss Foster is her usually 



RINGSIDE 



Gene JJuck presenta a three act plar by 
Hyatt imbb, Edward Paramoic ami Oeorge 
Abholl. Staged by Gcorfe'C Abbott. At the 
Broadliuiflt, New . York. Auc a». ^top. 

Huffy ...................Uriiui I>ohlevy 

Phil ..... t .-•.*•.'*•*• f 4'* 
J 1 fii 

•Curley. 

Artie. . '.' • ■ 

Jakd: ,. ^ . 

l-iennie. 

Peter Alui niy . . . . ... 

.Sid Purlimin. . 
John y.elll. . . . : . .... 

C'haufi'iHjr. . . . . ... 

■Doris I jVContiell,.; . . 
Hobby Murra.v'. .... 

Piiulii \'oi noff . . . . . . 

K<y. , 

Skeeter. ............ ' 

BustPT. .;. . 

Maxie Kaufman..;. . 

tiraco . . 

Bunny. , . 

t'lorcnoe » .'. i. •>■•.. . > 

Ettiel. . 

' Referee. . . . . . • .•• • . • 

Uadio Announcer. 
Klghi Announcer.., 
McCabP. . . ... . . . , 

PoUccinan.. ........ 



A radio description of a prelim- 
inary to the main event plugged 'a I 
scene changing lapse nicely. The 
broadca.sting occurred before the ( 
.second scene in the last act. Dur- 
_ _ _ ing the main event the announcer I 

'.\.Harry_Cooke ] Is iieard desorlblng the bout. This 
should be softened down on the rec- 
ord which is used, for It tends to 
distract from the bout proper. First 



..Frank Verlgun 
,. ...William Frniiklln 

......Carlo Do Anffcio 

....Georeo J, Wllllama 

........ Ashley Cooper 

.......... iohti Meehan 

.Joseph Crehan 
....... Itobert Qleckler 

.......Warren Colaton 

. . . Harriet MocOlbbon 
Richard Tabor 
.....Suzanne Caubnye 

.......... JdiHtia Littne 

, . .Charl©.s . Wagenhelni 
. . . . . . Donald Haj wood 

\Vm. F. Wn liter 

; Craig WlUlams 

..........Yvonne Crey 

, Bobbe Weeks 

..Kaye Hastings 

......... I>aurcl Adams 

........George S^pclvln 

...^..J. Ascher Smith 
.......Dun K. Hanlon 

. ..^ . . . . Packey O'Gatty 

James Horgun 



act 19 a- bit tnlky and can come g^^^j^jjaj^ j^jj^joj. po well, and Georges 
down a bit, but without any edit- |^gy,j^ygnt the French command- 
ing "Ringside" should run along j^^t, complete a sterling trio of male 
. . - delicious I pij^vers. Renavent, for some rea- 

Von- \ son, has never attained the stride 
his talents merit, and With this pro- 
duction he should gain a place con- 
sistent with his ability. John Irwin 
and Ralph Culllnan as a broad 
farce team of M. P.'s also rejglstered. 



jazz step in torrid tempos and the winsome seir although Miss Shore 

s<»nptraleae soldier (ably played by memorable for her 'Grand btieet 

ClaSfRedi^) goes inV a^^ Follies" series witht the Nelghbor- 

barblrfc African rhythmic dance. ^ hood Pl^^house ^all but sto^^^ 

In casting. Richatd Hale, the show with the fresh kldlet persona- 

K..«»v.o^ ftf Riith w^^^^^ (Mrs Hev- tion. The balance of the support 

wooS Brou^) ?3 Excellent as the proved "adequate." having litUe op- 

c![,lo?ed Israel* Bo's He is JRI | Eortunity for any particular dlstlnc- 
only white personating a negro; the 
others are orthodox Aframerican 
thespians. Riissell Hicks, as the 



nicely; It, would make a 
talking picture. 



COIN' HOME 

Brock Peinbcrlon. presents Ransom Rfde 
out's prize play, a three act drama (single 



set) at the Hiidson. New York. Drama as did Leo Bailey, Brevard Burnett 
staged by Pemborton: setting by Raymond and Thomas Moseley (the dOUr dC-> 



Gene Buck's opUs. of' the 
sniftiiig racket opened like a pre- 
. liminiu y bout at the Broadhurst, 
but. warmed up and finished 'like 
a battle of the century. It's the 
most authentic fight drama . ever 
brouglit to the stage and it stood 
inspoction before a house full, of 
(Ight wi'iters, managers and experts. 
All pionolinced it technically per- 
fect in regard to lingo arid other 
appurtenances of the dumbwaiter 
count profession. 

■Jolin Meehan. as the father and 
manager of the lightweight cham- 
pion, turned in a great bit of char- 
acterization and the cast, with one 
exception, was perfect. . Richard 
Taber, who helped author "Is Zat 
So?" had this difficult assignment 
of playing the pug, getting sym- 
pathy from, the frails in the audi- 
ence and then defending, his . title 



Sovey 

6Um. .......... 

'Bill ...... 

Llsei . .......... 

Serjent Durant. . . , . . , 
Caporal Plcpt ; .... . ^ . 

Commandant Jiinoiite 

leniel Du Bols . 

rosin. |. Tom, 

Luke..: 

Major Powell. 

Samba- Saar. .... 

J&kG* •••**•••••*•*« ••■ 

Bin........ 

Si^ud.s 



V ^ ,1 serter), who sustained the colored 

Ralprctl^InaS «'efP^^^^ 

...Barbara Bulgakov] in the cast. Barbara Bulgakov, Was 
....... Arvid Paulson I satisfactory if not distinguished. 

Alexander Zarbourine While possessed 6f personality and 
..,.GeorKe*.RenavenU^j^j^j,^^^ the Russian actress did not 
:.\\\\BrevaX Burnett quite blend with the French char- 

..; .i4Co Uailey I acter. 
........Russell Hicks The off-stage" military efcfecti;, the 

■.•^V.Vb^mTrrc. pV'eU^^ ^frit^i aura and^f^^ 
....v. Barclay Tiigg adherence to the period further dis- 
Fordlnand J. Accooe tingui.shed the presentation 



tion. . . 

The Blondell troupe car set In the 
second act, with its Pullman com- 
partnientg for the members and the 
girls' resentment against any intrur 
sion oh their "privacy" by "outsid- 
era," although objecting not at all 
to their own mixing In the close 
.sleeping quarters, is but one phase 
of faithful mounting. 

The comedy wallop is the death- 
bed scene and its backstiigei after- 
math, with not a little comedy ex- 
acted from the administering of 
castor oil to the abdominally-tor- 
tured little Eva the fifth. 

The numerical title 48 another 
manifestation of the Golden hunch 
on numerical play- appellations 
which have produced such hits as 
"Seventh Heaven,'' "Four Walls," 
"Two Little Girls," et al.; and 'Eva 
the Fifth" (originally "Town Hall") 
should fare equally as well at the 
box office, Alel 



to toss away the fortune on the im- 
pulse of the moment, when his 
thrifty fiancee blocked him long 
enough to let Lillian do the prodigal 
Jilting for a "happy" curtain as you 
might say. 

Katherine Standing, a daughter 
of Giiy Standing, ■ making her 
first appearance in this country, 
is a great beauty and a grace- 
ful actress in the part of the 
Christian heroine, and Herbert 
Clark,, who plays Samuel, is some- 
thing of a find. If he ever gets a 
part, Broadway will have a hew 
matinee idol.. He is the best looking 
leading man of the Latin type who 
has appeared lately and possesses 
stage poise and polish. Louis Sorin 
does extremely well with the fa- 
miliar Hebrew comedy type. 

Play's future depends upon how 
the Jewish public reacts to its well 
calculated syrupy: sentimental ap- 
peal. If the J.ewish community likes 
this one they deserve a lot more of 
the same sort, Ttush. 



LIDO GiRL 

Three act play* written and staged by 
Edward Klsner at the Edyth Totten, New 
York. Aug. 23. In throe acta, all In the 
same setting 



Slick ;J. WlUlam Maxwell 

Walt . ... ; . B'rederlck D. McCoy 

Mose, . Charles H. llrown 

Chuck. . . . , ..; .Charles • Benjamin 

Banjo Eph. ....Fred li. Jennings 

Buclc. Ray Giles 

Chip.'. ......... .Snippy . Mason 

Jim ,.' ■. Thomas Moseley 



In favor of the play's chances Cor 
longevity is the economic equation 
of a single set production invest^ 
ment, a moderate priced cast and 



MONEY LENDER 



Robert Gordon;.. 
Daniel Hamilton. 
Richard Towns;.. 
Claire Carson.... 
Artna Jackson. . . . 
Barbara ICIngsley 
Is.ibelle Millard .. 
Craig Boyd.. 
Jack Mitchell 



• ..... . 



Frank R, London 
......"Wallace FurlQ 

......William Wolfe 

.Ethel Kl.^her 

. . . . .Blanche Colli nn 

...... , Amy Hodges 

. . . -.Kathleen Evane 
William DeVaudray 
.Alan Archer 



(iriie fears that '^Goin' Horiie" will _ 

^^.^H'^^^J^'^ ^"^^ l o;^ the ne^ss^t^^^iiop ^i^' cinch -Vhis 



at the box-office for all of its gen 
eral interest, gripping drama and 
excellent presentation. A theme of 
vrar-time miscegenation,, it' calls for 
Theatre Guild treatment. At times 
it does . smack of Guilding this 
black-and-tan lily, but for the main 



Ned Jakobs presents Roy Hornlman's 
three act play staged by Edward Clark 
LlUey. Four players featured, Herbert 
, , eiarki Grant Stewart, Catherine Standing 
the "Porgy" propaganda ballyhoo tor anji lsobel CMadlgan. .Scenery .(three sets) 
colored dramatics, although this bV will Pogany Associates, inc. At the progi-am makes much of the cir 
black-and-tan differs from the un- .Ambo^sador. opening Aug, ?rr; $3 top. . ^untstance that It is played by an 

mixed negro thi^me of the Guild MJ2d\y."!^":.\^\\7:.\V . ^ t 

production. I| Hbv^ever, the absence capt. Harry Yarborough.GeofTrey Harwood consistent, for I* rank K. • London, 

• " Colonel Luttrell....... Charles. Esdale i^j^^jng man, has a diction suggest 

£uua^i;^rii^!''f'"-;-KalS^^ acquired Oxford on a Pittsburgh 

Letltla Lady Inglcby...... Isabel O'Madlgan 1 base 



A dull play without ia redeeming 
virtue, in conception or staging, and 
acted with unbelievable crudity. 



entry, in opposition to the hits and j 
potential hits now on the boards 
and readying for Bi-oadway inva- 
sion, forces a prediction against a 
run for "Goln* Home." Abel. . 



^ _, It is Van "Vechtenish. In total the 

in a realistic reproduction of Madi- j age-old battle between white ia.nd 
son Square Garden. He haiidled the ] black leaves one cold 



EVA THE FIFTH 



Mr. Evan Jones 
Samuel Levi. ;. . . . , 

Miss Tallant. . . . . . . 

Wllloughby Herlot 
Lord Carhampton.. 
Sister ol Mercy 



.Horace Pollock 

..Herbert Clark 

Nina Walker 

.Fothrlngham Lysons 
....Guy Standing, Jr. 

.Wn Shfeldon 



role, in great style. Usually when 
casting this type of lead a producer 
is w;hipsawed. : If he sighs an actor 
who can box he gan't act If he 
signs an actor who can troupe, he 
boxes like your Aunt Emma and | 
drives the fight fans out of the joint..: 



John Golden and Edgar Selwyn present 
three-act play (flye scenes) by Kcnyon 
Nicholson and John Golden, with Claiborne 
Foster featured, at the Wttje, New York, 
opening Aug. 28. $3 top. • 

Tracy Boone..,.. ,......A1 Roberts 

_ J , -. , ...^ , , w -J TtT ,x I Grace Steeple.........; Sheila Trent 

prising Nathaniel E. Reeid, Walter I con^ie Bard...... ..Niia Mack 

Prlchard Eaton and Pemberton i Leon Montrose......... William Wadsworth 



Solomon Levi Louis Sorln 

Rachel Levi Lulu Mae Hubbard 

Jacob Dacosta. 



This feverish performance starts 
just before 9 and runs with nioUnt- 
Ing high blood pressure until 10:26, 
during which : time a numl^er ' of 
characters dash Into sight, race 
through mechanically rehearsed 



- Ransom Rideout, the playwright. 
Is the winner of a prize play com- 
petition conducted by Longmans, 
Green & Co. A committee com- 



.'Siirah IjCvI ...Genevieve Belasco 

Ike Ley! /.....Lester Salko 



..George J'arren | speeches and get themselves hastily 
off Stage. By reason of this ma- 
chine-like technique much of the 
play's substance was irretrievably 
lost. 

One gathered that the affair Cbn- 



selected the Rideout- opus, with 



That's why the average Producer pg^jberton, after a couple of years 



h'S^y^A^^z^'l:V.:::\V^\\\V.\^R^ purposes of sharp sodal contrasts. 



ducks actual fight, gcenes In that 
type of play. 

?lobert G16cklier, whe used to get 
himself croaked in "Broadway," Is 
rubbed out again in "Ringside." 
Gleckler, ba a gambler who is al- 
;ways dealing and always has the 
tops in. is Ideally roled. He is the 
menace, heads a mob of chiselers, 
uses a jane to work on the fighter 
and winds up' by half Inducing the 
hitter to take a header for a hun- 
dred grand. The champ repudiates 
the deal just before entering the 
ring a-nd in the ensuing complica- 
tions, the fighter's dad beats Gleck-' 
ler to the draw and bumps him 
off. 

Staging was excellent and showed 
careful research. The first act. 



retirement from production activity, 
stagiing a return with this play. 

Among the handicaps of "(Join* 
Home" Is the belated postrwar 



Oriole Hartley 

Hattie Hartley Clalbome Foster I outsider as theatrical ba 

Mai Thome .Butprd ArmlUge 1 J'r'r^: . 

Ed Bondell.... .Edward M. Favor I loney. ^ , . , , ~>^^^ 

Ernest Beaumont..... WUUam Seilerjr 1 Ned Jakobs, an experienced agent 

Newton Wampier Philip Barrlson J j^^^j company manager, has been at 



Comedy drama dealing with the 
social conflict between • Jew and ^ 

Christian with particular reference | cerned Clair Carson, who had had 

a lurid past, but was now seeking 
redemption through true love for 
Robert, an engineer who chose to 
live in Greenwich Village. 

It appears that a famous sculptor 
once used Clair as the model for 



to intermarriage, set in England for 

purposes of sharp social contrasts 

"loIs Shore I the whole business inipress'es an Im 



presenUtion. It was psychologically Jeff Morgan..,. * * •f,o,:^J^ p^*ndiltSS 1 ^w^^ production for many 

primed for production three or four ^ Fia^an. .'.*.'. V.V.V.V.' Harry Swan 

seasons back, but at this late date, | violet Diana 'G 

a decade after the Armlsiiice, the 



public taste seems to run more to our. 
own civil war in Chicago and kin- 
dred guerrilla ' warfare themes, not{ 
to mention the back-stage, news- 
paper and siich play stuff; ..' 
"Goln* Home" is set In a cafe In I 



Kenyon Nicholson, quondam -Co- 
lumbia University professor and 
playwright, whose "The Barker" a 
couple' of seasons ago was the 
'Broadway" of the carnival racket. 



months and the piece 
poised for its premiere 
time. It Is not worth the effort. 
Looks like a commercial attempt to 
attract the Jewish ti-ade by a senti- 
mental treatment of this highly con- 
troversial subject 



his masterpiece, "I'he Lido Girl," 
and then drank himself into 4is- 
has . been | grace or something. By coincidence 
this long I the artist himself Is present In per- 
son at a village studio party to ex- 
plain this necessary narrative 
thread. Our hero's country aunt by 
alnother . coincidence sends her 
nephew a copy of the Lido statuette. 



Heavy emphasis on the angle of [It all ends when Clair vamps the 



a French sea-port town shortly i 

after the signing of the "Versailles ] presented an equally faithful cross- 
treaty, with white' and black troops 1 section of the lives, loves, trlbuliei- [ 
preparing for demobilization back tions and aspirations of a tenth-rate 
in America. The cafe is owned by "Uncle Tom's Cabin" troupe. 
,;.io„^^ 4„ +1.^ „t,-.«i..'<. +..o«».iT.„ r.,,0,. |tt New Orleans "nigger" and pre- With John Golden collaboration! 

™S ?^\^nwl^^^ Llse. his comely. If and approbation of theme, Nlchol- 

l..HJ;^^^nfrt^.o? «nS «f« tMrS i Urasplng. native white wife. The son has fashioned a clean, whole- 
o^^v eal had taken the southern some, if at times frothy, romance 

"romancing" abbut his. land about a "Tom" Eva.and hep not so- ' 



this time lias • peeped behind the Charming Jewish family life, dragged ] engineer in one of those insinuating 



scenes of "Tom" show activity , and 



Into all plays of this kind, 
coated Jewish . characters 



champ's dressing room and then the 
Garden ring. 

Some of the fight wise first nlght- 
ers chuckled at lines that would pull 
coniplete surrender from the ordi- 
nary peasants, but even the blase 
babies wowed at a couple of femmos 
who said "It takes a diplomat to 
get into my bed," and the comeback, 
"Yeah, and an acrobat to get out." 
And "I love you so much if I was 
twins I'd cheat on each other." 

The first act disposed of acres 
of plot and planting without losing 
entertainment value. The second 
act, the framing of the champ by 
the heavy and his mob at a party 
in a roof bungalow, held plenty of 
kick. A portable bar presided over 
by a breath of old Eighth avenue 
was one. Two spades who played 
piano and- sang for the guests, a 



ownlngs, iproperty and wealth in 
America too literally, and her 
her avarice for material things fig- 
ured chiefly in her marriage to the 
man whoni she later learned to call 
"nigger" contemptuously. 

From Major Powell, who had suc- 
cumbed to her wiles, she' learned 
that such Institution as racial dis- 
tinction existed in the States. In 
her native France the color line was 
pretty indefinite 



Legreeish lover in the cast against 
a background of a Kansas prairie' 
stand wherein the troupe has been 
stranded. 

A midwestern inundation proves 
a windfall for the stranded U. T. C. I 
company, which proffers its talents | 
for beneflt performances on behalf I 
of the flood sufferers, a move that| 
proves beneficial to their own flnan- 
clal aliments. 

It was this critical, condition 



through rather . unconvincing 0pl 
sodes and there is much confusing 
discussion of Jewish .and Christian 
"codes," meaning the business of 
money lending on one side and Brit- 
ish Christian hypocracy on the 
other, all of it leading nowhere and 
strictly partisan In import, 

Play has its roots in an absurdity 
A Christian Englishman of good 
family dies and his will is read 
He had ma,de'a fortune as a sub 
rosa money lender, thanks to his 
Jewish partner, Samuel LevL If 
his daughter refuses to marry Sam- 
tiel, she loses the 200,000 pounds 
But she gets it If Samuel refuses 
to marry her. 

the scene and turns out to be a 
handsome and thoroughly present 



Sugar I scenes where he carries her up a 
moVe winding stair to his bedroom in full 



sight of the $3 audience. 

Bad as the play is, the amazing 
clumsiness of the acting drew its 
sting. There isn't a player in the 
cast or a scene In the entire play, 
that has any business In a metro- 
politan plalyhouse. "Whole affair 
couldn't be called creditable to a 
class of beginners in a school of 
acting. In a Broadway playhouse 
at a scale of $3 It's an ill-mannered 
joke. Rush. 



CARAVAN 



Thtt /irami r<»vnivA<j nhmif TorAfil which prompted Clalbome Fostcr as , ^ . 

The drama revolves aoout ^^ra^M Hattie Hartley the "Eva" of four a-hle young man and (In the person 
Du Bois, the war time hero and M**"*® » J; ' i-ourj . . o. 



husband of Lise, 
hunger for his homeland where even 
though he did not enjoy the civil 
liberty of France he was freer of 
mind and happier of . heart 



and hia heart Sreneratlons of "Tom" troupers, to _ 
ana nis neari i regard- with favor the attentions of break down any religious difference 

-- I . . - - jj^jg basis 



a local John*who owed his affluence In the mind of a girl 
to the furniture business "with side- they let the play run two more 
lines," among which was that of acts. Instead of the simple plan of 



Richard Hemdon presents three-act melo- 
„ , . , drama (two sets) by Clifford Pember ana 

Samuel appears oh Kalph CuUlnah. Directed by RoUo Lloyd. 

Incidental maslc by Jay Gorney. Sotting* 
by P. Doiid Ackermaa. At the Klaw 
Atig. 20. 

. - . ,A Barker........;. Michael Rlc* 

of Herbert Clark) calculated to Tonio Jerome Daiy 

Concha Kate Mayhcw 

Jaques O-Moll Barry Macollum 

Femand Michael Rlc» 

Gomez Edwin Thompson 

Pauletts Loiil9B Mainland 

Irma Mildred Byroa 



undertakings -Hattie knows naught having the nearest court void any. ^^^• •jj;^;^^,*;; 



6^X tt\l?^lyal'of S^^^^^^ ^^?^S.Vr,.j;ffX^^^^^^ «? testamentary lunacy. | Alza Oaudet. 

faith at the hands of Major Powell I ^'^h late lamenteds In the parlor off 



were a couple more. The chainp, 
infatuated with Gleckler's come-on," 
breaks training and. "gets plastered 
after listening to Gleckler's propo- 
sition. Aided , and abetted by thp 
damcr Gleckler has hint sold and 
drunk when the dramatics begin to 
pop with the entrance of his for-- 
mer sweetheart. She Is in evening 
clothes and announces she is the in- 
vited guest of the real host who 
is deal drunk. "The arrival of the 



the rather pretentious house of | 
Newton Wampier. 

"VS''ith this Is InVolved the situation 
of Hattle's precocious little, sister. 
Oriole, whom she gorges with candy 
In a mild jealousy over the young- 
ster's immediate success as a new 
"Tom" star— Eva the "fifth In the 
Hartley dynasty. It was Lois 
Shore's comedy death-bed scene in 



l®!!:-^*l°.^".?..5,*5'*_Tl-*^ round_ h^ls, I ^ho ,t develops, is his master and 

was his boyhood corhpanion in New 
Orleans, he kills his true friend, 
the Senegalese war hero. In order] 
to save the white man from the 
Sehegambian's wrath. 

This paves the way for his return 
to the States in company of his be- 
loved Eddie— Major Powell— free- 
ing him from an unhappy mariUl I ^^e pTraHla"she"'ad li^^^^ 
alliance. . . .. was dying— and "no kidding"— from 

Woven into this theme, at times tummyache that put the pleasant 

i-uV~ -ir^A^^A y^^ o«ori „Hfin., I'^.th completely convincing skill and Ljvening's entertainment across be- 
flghter's dad and his sport writing faithful realism, is the natural care- yond question 

pal top the scene. ^ free aspect of the black man wlio, ^iie rather obvious finale that 

First scene in act three was a Unlike Jim, the would-be deserter, once a trouper always a trouper 
eorker and the actual ring scene 13 devoid of yearnings for equality, jgads into Hattie resuming her 
an exact reproduction: even to the unlike Jim, who would forsake thejphony blonde tresses to finish, the 
announcer aping Joe Humphries | colored contingent of the A E. F. evening's performance as little Eva. 

and settle In France where, be "Eva the Fifth" is a pleasant llt- 
fcelis, there Is spiritual solace and I tie show which, at $3 top, will make 
practical freedom, In keeping with money for all concerned- It lacks 
, his "educated" ideas, the ■ other the substaixce and the punch of 
Abbott wrote it and Gene Buck pre- negro soldiers are content to return <<The Barker," but at the same time 
8ents._It Jiad_five weeks in Detroit to their respective I-Iarlems jind the c^firnlval racket l3_richer In color 
ari<i Ibblca set Tor "^Kll occtipancy at rhome Town heavens^ happy In tH5 and diSria and more e6hau6Ive fb 
the Broadhurst regardless of the thought of bedecking themselves in stage entertainment than the In- 
quallty of "The Big E^ght" which the gaudiest cream-white raiment nocuous existences of a troupe of 
Is due to open next door with Jack and pearl -grey derbies (as one ex- "Tom" players, 
the Dempsey starred. presses it), and delightfully antlcl- What It lacks In basic force. Nlch 

IIoTiorable mention for all of thelpatoi-y of the home gals' charms olson and Golden have supplied with 
cast should be Included in any rave-j such as conquering colored heroes homely humor. The Legree's boast 
for "Ringside" with the perform- 1 deserve on their return, that he took six bows while they 

ances of Meehan, Taber, Gleckler, In the second act whoopee scene, were hissing at their last one 
Joseph Crehan, Harriet MacGibbon with Its caiabet aura, the pent-up, nighter Is a good example, whllo 
and Suzanne Caubaye standing out 'natural emotions of the black man 1 another's remark concerning his 



gesture for the half a pound on | 
the weight announcement. 

Georere Abbott staged the piece. 
Hy Dabb, Edward Paramore and | 



The two young: people agree to Chiquita. 
marry; You never can be sure | t?„'5L tIS* 
whether it's to get the : money or 
because they are in love. Samuel 
insists upon Introducing Lillian, to 
his honest but unrefined relatives 
in the Ghetto and there's a whole 
serio-comic act . pf this meeting. 
Then and there it looked jis though 
Samuel was going to cop that for 



I * • • • 



, . . .Leo Kennedy 
..Virginia Pemberton. 
...... Elsa Shelley 

...Robert Hyman, 

Mod re Layot.; ....Katherine Clinton 

M. Francois Lombert.... ..Edniundo Fordo 

A Strangrer. .H. H. McCollum 

Sergeant Duluo George Neville 

Detective Inland ....Jethro Warner 

Black Baar .......George Thornton 

Cinnamon Bear... Joseph Casey 



Described as a melodrama of 
gypsy life, this Is Just aii artificial 
tune, because Sam's patriarchal old I bit of theatrical wrltlnjg, picturesque 
uncle tipped Lillian in terms that [in settings of European. carnival lot, 
were high toned but Indeliqate that sometimes effective by reason of 
thisre <;ouldn't be any luck for the bright dialog, sometimes Interesting 
offspring of a Yiddish and High in character drawing and occasion- 
Church medley. The old man pulled ally neat In theatric device. But in 
the same routine on Sam, disre- summary it is just another bit Of 
garding the disposition of the theatre make-believe. On merit it 
money. It had more effect on Sam would pass quickly Into stock, but 
than It did on Lillian, and that « the inside rumors of outside 
wouldn't seem plausible either to financing are true. It may be nursed 
Jew or Christian auditor. along for some time for a forced 

However, Sam and LtlUan met ™n of a couple of months, the cut 
the next morning to talk It over and 'ates aiding to that end. . _ 

' Absence of a star with a follow- 



by chance Sam's Jewish sweetheart 

and Lillian's Christian suitor hop-i ;^-- r-— -;m-' ^ .-"V ■>,oT.fia 
pen^-along^^ls-had-^more-effectte^^[1«hr^^:^ 



l ing puts • It under handicap for 



in Bolvln^ the tanele than aU the Virginia Pemberton, ti mild ac- 
in solving me tangle tnan a" mej^^^g^ casual experience and 

temperamentally out of key with 
such a role. Her tempestuous gypsv 



sermonizing of the previous act 
Both decided to call the cross mar 
rlage oflt In favor of a couple of 
straight-strain matings. Proving 
that love will And a way. 
That left a dramatic erlsld. be 



Is hopelessly out of drawing. She 
might play a quiet, graceful role 
of comedy shading, perhaiJo, but a 
wild gypsy — never. This bit of mis- 



cause the 200,000 pounds hung on Ljastlng ruined whatever chance of 
the detail of which one gave the! 

other the aiR ^am WM just abo«H (Ootttlnued cm page 64) 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



53 



Plays Out of Town 



NIGHT HOSTESS 

Minneapolis, Aug. 31. 
A drtiinatlc comedy, in three acts, by 
Fblllp Dunning. BtafteU by "Wlhchell 
■mltb. TTesented by John Golden. Tried 
out in MlnncapoUe. „ . „ „ 

5iBh, .Porter Hall 

Sen FlBCher....;... Muurloe Freeman 

Senneiisy. • . • .Finncle O'llelley 

fUnk Warden. ............. .Harold Woolf 

Joe .Henry I^xwrencc 

Buddy' MUefl. • . . • -Ruih Lyons 

Mennan ..................... J«'- 1 hjearncy . 

Pot. . .Lilian Lym on 

Bita....... -^^'y" 

Kret Chump . - J. T. Uoft tsinan 

Second Chump. . .Chester DeWhI.st 

Sr°8 Miller. . . .Averell. Harris 

Cyril Keane • Graham Velsey 

Silla, .Call DeHart 

vicgy. ........ . . .■ . . ■ LoulHo Klrtland 

■ BaKS Conway . Noi man Faster 

iSm Haye£. . ... ..... • . ... . ...Charles Laite 

In "Night Hostess," having a 
fortnight try-out in the Twin Cities 
prior to its Martin Beck theatre 
opening, Phil Dunning, going it 
alone, seejii-s to have toirned out 
what is destined to prove a mild 
hit, but not anywhere near the 
Bmash of "Broadway." 

Splendidly produced by John 
Golden, staged in the highly effcc- 
. live 'Wincholl Smith fa.shion and 
■atisfactorily cast and acted, the 
play, a moderately fast-moving and 
thrilling melbdi-ama of New York 
night life along the roaring forties,; 
Bhould be good for five or six 
months in Gothhm. What may put 
Jt over to fair returns is its vivid 
and apparently realistic depiction 
of the night club gambling game. 
Including an expose of the inner 
workings of thei hostess ahd. other 
rackets in connection the;re\yith. 

"Night Hostess" dranriatiiies por- 
tions of the Committer of 14;s re- 
port on New York night club.s and 
maybe was inspired by that docu- 
ment. 

In bringing the "night club hos- 
tess" to the stage, Dunning, in a 
measure, rushes to the defense of 
the yoiing vvonien come-ons branded 
(en masse by the Committee of 14, 
The playwright, in this instance, 
paints at least one of these hos- 
tesses, thie heroine, as even whiter 
than the lily. De-spite her environ- 
ment and occupatiohs a-s model, 
professional entertainer and night- 
club come-on, she has suffered no 
blight upon her virtue. The other 
hostesses, too, are not shown as en- 
gaged in the ancient trades. Their 
activities are along other lines. 

The three acts are laid in the 
•TLittle Ca-sino," an exclusive night 
club where admission is by card 
only. The establishment provides 
booze, singing and musical .enter- 
tainment on a restricted scale and, 
principally depends for revenue . on 
Mulotte and- dice games. 

A considerable number of attrac- 
tive young women are efmployed by 
. tlje "Little Casino" as hostesses. 
Their task consists of ' bringing 
chumps to the place and getting 
these chumps to spend money at 
the bar and entertainment room, 
partitioned off up-stago,, and in the 
gambling casino, partly visible to 
the right off-stage. The hostesses 
receive, a portion of their victims' 
losses at. gambling. They, dress like 
Christmas trees. 

The manager of the place is a 
crooked, yellow gambler. He and 
his cohorts gyp the proprietor in 
ievery conceivable manner. He al.so 
utilizes one of his sweeties^ the wife 



4^' s 





TKc Merwbcrj^ of tKe F?\c\jlt>' i 
' ' o/ bh^c ' — ^ 

^^yci^ool o/"fbe^7beatre ' 

Are C\vjrvlified bjy Yea.rj- i 
oi Profcj.iior\a.l Experience ] 
toTejvch ir\TKeirRe5pcclivcDcpartiWct\ls 

' 39 S^i\l^V^t^>^o\■v^^o^^JC..V.s^^^i«T^a,C^l^^^o^^^\■a " 




of a detective and a hoistcss, to lure 
patrons; leaving the club with big 
rolls to quiet spots in the vicinity 
where his gang- can rob thorn. 

Simple, slight, atraightforward 
and obvious, as that of "Broadway," 
the plot concerns the efforts of the 
dastardly club manager, Chris 
Miller, to "ditch" his jealous ijweetie 
and "make" her pal, the heroine 
ho.stess of lily white purity, who is 
loved honestly by a singing-piahist'- 
comic, a Bmall-tim^e vaudevillian. 
The performer this' tlme is hot a 
.sap, but a quick-witted,, clover 
young man, who fiets himself to 
show up the rival In his true yel- 
low colors. As in "Broadway," the 
"bad. man", commits a .murder and 
has a detective on his trail.: 

The main love affair between the 
small-time vaudevillian and the hos- 
tess heroine rouses little intei'Gst, 
due to the weakness of the char- 
acterizations, and the ineffective 
handling. It is very much second- 
ary to the machinations of the vil- 
lain, his riiurder of hl$ sweetie when 
she threatens td spill .the beans 
about his part in robbing a pa£ron. 
and his efforts to conceal the kill- 
ing and get away with the heroine 
to Chicago. Even the efforts of the 
club's proprietor to rid himself of 
the manager and other thieving em- 
ployes . creates more suspense than 
the main love affair. 

There "is no one character in 
"Night Hostess" anywhere near, the 
equal of .Roy L^ne, the hoofer, but 
there ire at least tAvo who command 
considerable attentiohi One. of these 
is Chris Miller, the villainous man- 
ager, excellently acted by Everell 
Harris, who was leading ilvan in 
stoclc with the Bainbridge Players 
hero a few seasons ago. The other 
is the cliib proprietor, a middle-aged 
man of Jewish extraction, fearless 
and likable, determined to "run a 
crooked business straight" and in- 
tent on ridding himself of the gyps 
that are "trimming him under his 
nose." Maurice Freeman, ahso i 
former stock player here, acts this 
role to perfection. 

The only two other characters, 
that stand out aire the door-tender, 
Tish, a man of few words but much 
action, and the villain's jealous 
sweetie, a dope and hooch fiend. 
These roles are well playied by Por- 
ter Hall and Gail DeHart, re.spec-. 
:tively. The other 40 odd roles are 
all bits for the most part and satis- 
factorily done. Charles Laite makes 
a.s much as possible out of the juv- 
enile lead. "The one setting is elab- 
orate. . 

In the first act) Miller tries to 
convince Buddy Miles, whom he is 
trying to "make," that she should 
not waste herself on her pianist 
sweetheart, Rags Conway, and tells 
her that he - has purchased an in- 
terest in a musical comedy, opening 
in Chitago, and will develop her 
into a Broadway star. She falls for 
this line. Then Conway, a former 
employe of Ben iFischer, proprietor 
of the clubj returns from a vaude- 
ville tour in the west to help Fi.scher 
get the low-down on what's going 
on. Fischer suspects his manager. 

In the meanwhile Miller has in- 
duced his jealous s-weetie to aid him 
In his arranged robbery of a pa- 
tron who has emerged from the 
gambling casino with twenty grand. 
During the robbery, iii a nearly chop 
suey joint, the victim is fatally in- 
jured, The girl accomplice has left 
her cigarette case in tlie chop suey 
cafe booth and sends Conway to 
get it. A detective nabs hlhi in the 
place and brings him back to the 
club. By a coincidence the detective 
is the husband of Julia, the man- 
ager's sweetie, and he has recog- 
nized tlie case. 

In the second act Conway is on the 
job trying, to obtain the dope on 
Miller and Miller, realizing that 
things are getting hot, is endeavor- 
ing to persuade Buddy to go with 
him to Chicago. When Julia, in a 
fit of drunken jealousy,- threatens to 
spill the beans. Miller strangles her 
and places her. body in a trunk. 
With the boby in' the trunk and 
Miller trying to got it away to Chi- 
cago and with Conway and the de- 
tective becoming interested in the 
trunk's contents, • real suspense is 
created, and the ,di-ama proceeds at 
.a thrilling, pace. This isu-^ponse arid 
the thrills continue to almost, the 
very end in the third act, given over 
to a scramble for -po.ssession of the 
trunk, tho cleanirig-out of tlio niplit 
club by Miller's gang of gorillns and 
■the efforts of Miller to make his 
getaway. 

"Night Hostess" has nearly as 
much gripping drama and as iiuiny 
tense situations as "Broadway," but 
it lacks many of the latter's human 
interest elemortts, novelty, comedy 
and amusing lines. AVhat militates 
most against its success, however, is 
its trite and hackneyed pkit and 
situations, its too close re.«cm.1j)anfe 
to "Broadway," a slow first ar t and 
dra.qpcd-out anti-Climax (ca.sily 
.i:finiedJodJ;_and the_ weaknr-PK of the 
ce n t ral j u v en iTe^^cTiitrJECrcr.'T'^a ml'^th e^i r- 
love affair. ■ 

Its authentic picture of nirht gam- 
bling club life should win tho ap- 
proval of these New Yorkers who 
have frequented such establish- 
ments and, at the same time, .stir 
the Interest of others whose knowl- 
edge, of the places Is confin'^d to 
what they have read about them 



Light a Murad 



A press rep for a recent legit 
arrival nearly crabbed his job 
through the New York dra- 
matic desks disregarding his 
suggestion that the featured 
femme In the show be given 
exclusive pictorial space prior 
to opening. It developed that 
another femme principal, 
through the influence of her 
husband, also a p. a;, figured 
wifey wasn't getting the proper 
break, Friend husband, did 
some missionary work and 
landed her the major portion 
ol the displays. 

It put the producer and his 
hired boy lii a dilemma as the 
first actress' hubby bankrolled, 
the show. " '. 



in the newspapers or gleaned 
through the inovies and other plays. 
"Night Hostess," at a moderate cost, 
takes the patron without the where- 
withall or inclination to make a real 
visit to such a place on a fairly in- 
teresting excur-slon. 

Dunning was here all week mak- 
ing changes. Golden and Smith ar- 
I'ived Friday and will complete what 
they consider necessary alterations. 



THE BIG FFGHT 

Phlla;delphia, Sept. 4. 

"The Biff Fight," the ring, melo- 
drama which brings Jack Dempsey 
and his wife, Estellie Taylor, to the 
stage, opened at the Chestnut the- 
atre here last hlght. As far as the 
first night iaudierice was concerned, 
and the same will undoubtedly hold 
of succeeding audiences,, nothing 
matters except the stars. 

Jack's reception was one of the 
noisiest and most prolonged and 
most sincere ever heard In a local 
playhouse, . and every time he caimc 
on the stage there was a signal for 
renewed appla.use which culminated 
in the "fight" scene at. thie end when 
Jack made his entrance from the 
rear of the house, -walked down the 
aisle and entered the squared ring, 
in that scene every punch was 
greeted wildly and the final knock- 
put raised a bedlam. "Plants" in the 
audience for this finale helped the 
atmosphere and spirit of the scene, 
but they were hardly needed. 

jack's part in "The Big Fight" is 
by no nieans a big one. It looked 
as if the authors cut his dialog to 
the minimum, all of which was prob- 
ably a wise idea. His stage pres- 
ence was easy and pleasant, and 
there was nothing forced about his 
acting except . in the brief love 
scenes, but his voice was a subject 
of much disappointed discussion. 
Perhaps It was nervousness that 
caused it, but at any rate, theire 
were some scenes when Jack sound- 
ed as if he were about to launch Into 
a tenor solo. 

However, that is not likely to hurt 
a great deal. The point is that the 
mob is crazy over Jack, and the en- 
gagement here lookis like a panic. 
RegTilar theatregoers may fight shy, 
but "The Big Fight" should be a 
riot for a few weeks and then be- 
come a sure bet for the road all. over 
the country. 

The shrewdest move of all was to 
get David Belasco to stage the piece, 
He has given it legitimacy and vivid 
effects. Ev^n the extremely trite 
story by Max Marcin and Milton 
Herbert Gropper takes on a certain 
spark through Belasco's direction. 
In the first act scene, a barber shop, 
he has provided some of his famous 
photographically thorough realism. 
The types are great, the simall de- 
tails are all there, and the business 
is all natural ahd convincing. 

The story concerns Shirley, a 
manicurist in love with Jack Dillon, 
better known as "The Tiger." Shir- 
ley's brother is. the conventional 
weakling who steals some , money 
and , gets embroiled with the law.' 
Chuck Sloan, ei gambler, crazy over 
the girl himself, gets a hold over 
her by protecting the weakling 
brother. The '*ble fight" comes 
along and Sloan tries to persuade 
the "tiger" to lay down for a big 
split in the. gambling winnings. Of 
course, the tiger indignantly refuses. 

Whereupon Sloan, using the broth- 
er's life as a club, persuades the girl 
to attempt a scheme to put sleep- 
ing piowderia In the tiger's drinking 
water just; before the scrap- Tho 
effects of the poison are supposed 
to show in the early rounds, but 
the scheme doesn't work, and Jack 
wins his fight In round 2 in a man- 
ner so thorough and complete as to 
make 1.1s victory over Jesse Wi Hard 
look tame. The brother kills the 
gambler and turns the gun on him- 
self and everything is rosy. 

The first act Is colorful and . full 
of action. The good types and the 
Incidental scenes help put It across. 
The last act has the ring atmosphere 

an d^is.^of.^.ojirse the c rux^ o f_ th(i 

whole play. It is the 8econ3 acl 
that is weakest It is drawing room 
stuff ahd not racy or rowdy enough 
for this type of .show. Also both 
Jack and Estelle were seen at their 
worst In It. It is a distinct let down 
between the fast moving first act, 
with Its salvo of .wise cracks and Its 
clever planting of the melodramatic 



story, and th<' last acl with its light 
s,o<'i)o wliioh, pK torially. Is a 
corker. 

The best acting of the prod\K'tion 
is provided by Arthur Vinton luj 
CliiK-k. Sloan, the heavy, witli A'lctor 
Kill:in .as a hanger-on eloso behind. 
Mi.-^s Taylor acted all over the place 
in the later scenes, although she 
registered decidedly a.s f{u' as at- 
tractive personality w.ts concerned 
at first. Jack's adversary In tho 
ring was portrayed by RjUph ^^nlith. 
The .scrap was a bully one Mi)nd:iy 
night, in fact, it looked as if Jack 
were trying to forget his nervous- 
ness of earlier in the play by makr 
ing his ptmches .a.s real as possible. 

According to the. pi-ogram here, 
the last act had six »i-ones, hut . only 
two were left last night, A lot of 
cutting had been in . order in . th.at 
part of the show wiileh is; unfor- 
tunate because that is the p;irt the 
mob wants. Better to tj-im the sec- 
ond act and leave every bit of 
Demp.soy's own part in the show. 
He's the only, reason in the \Vorld 
why "The Big. Fight" may be a suc- 
cess, and he's such a big rea.son that 
it is very likely it will be. 

Waters. ' 

CROSS MY HEART 

V Boston, Aug. 31. 

M-usi.'tii comedy In two ai-ls and ten 
scenes, lyrics by Joseph Mo(^\rlhy, f:core. by 
Harry Tlorney. hook by JJanlel Ku.xell, book 
Htaged by John Uarwood. Kcncrul. .i)roduc- 
tlon pt.nh'Prt by Sammy fx-p. Mptroiiolitan 
premloi'p at the Colonial ihoatre, Boston 
Aug. 27.' ■ 

ChnrlM Or.aham ....Hobby AVatson 

Mrs, T. MontKomory Gobble 

L.uUi M<-Oonnell 

Klsie Oobble . .Doris 15aton 

Sally . Ulake . Mary lAwlor 

The Maharajah of Jdah-ha Eddy - Conrad 

.Tommy Fitzgerald.... Kranklyn Ardell 

Klc-hard Toddi . .Claronfe NordWrom, 

Deatrloe .Elizalipth Camp.inole 

Kddle Tucker...,, ..Hdfjar li^lrchild 

Maxie Squeeze...-. ., .Harry :Evans 

Cigarette Girl .' > Kdl'th' Martin 

Specialty. ..SiTinolt' and Diinlels 

S^ppoialty. .Gilbert anil Avery 

.Specialty. ; . . .Ulalto Trio 

Speoialiy.-. .......... .Fairchlld. and Hanger 



Sammy Lee, as a musical comedy 
producer, is going to. make the 
grade with, his. first show, even 
though at this writing he, is a bit 
groggy and punch drunk. 

The book is rather rough right 
now, and the comedy needs build- 
ing, but In production features it is 
a snappy and clean musical com- 
edy which ought to make a $4.40 
hit in New York and a $3 clean<-iip 
on the road. 

The public expected a dancing 
show from Sanmiy Lee. The ishow 
opens flat-footed and at no tirhe 
does Lee give them any stunt en- 
sembles or trick numbers. The num- 
bers are merely staged admirably 
with a chorus of 40 (four sets of 
ten) that is a credit to Lee as a 
picker and a production man. 
Sammy was wise in this, as he has 
opened with a routine that is within 
the capabilities .of a chorus that 
must also sing and rest your eyes. 

Joe McCarthy, and Harry Tierney 
have done their cu.stomary good job 
on building the score to the book. 
Several of the numbers have al- 
ready clicked, the outstanding prob- 
ability of popular published 8a,le 



being "Kiivht Out of Heaven Into 
My Anns," Others arc '-tJiiiiil Days ■ 
and liatl Days." "I,(;uly Whiiip'cior- 
wiU" and "J^ream S\ve<-t heiirt." 
There is no "Cro.ss .My llcan" niini- 
bcr for obvimis reasons d.itiiv; li.nek 
to "Queen Mi.uh." .MusiiMlly, tlio 
show is .ill .'^et .riglit now. 

yeenieally, the iirodinHlnn is ade- 
quately done, althouuMi Diere has 
Ix^cn no squandoriiif;- of fiiiuls. 
.Toscph H. (ilick.is general inanaqt'r. 
The costuming is snappy, Init off 
the nude It is naiiu'aJly pleasing-, 
and does- not build up into ;iiiy Hash . 
effCets or riotous displays, 

Mary La wler, . loaned by I')iliing- 
hatn, ciirries. the show by storm, 
having a bettor range of opportun- 
ity than '.'.(."rood X.cws" offered her. , 
She is at, her host and the. jiart will 
build .steadily. Bobby Watson, is. 
getting: niore . ■ Cohaneseque . every 
day,- and in t)iis show it is: over- 
done a bit. Franklyn Ardell's role 
is lean at pi-esont, but ho will oe 
rolling ; in hif^h before the show 
reaches the Kniekcrboekor In a Cou- 
ple . of woeUs, even if-, he has to 
write his own niate.rial. The com- , 
edy burden falls on Lulu Mi-Coims-'U 
and Kddy Conrad. Miss MoConncU 
ihanagos to get some of her stuff 
over, biit Conrad does not click, and 
the character probably will have to 
•be remade. 

Otto 1-Iarbach has already been 
sun'inioncd iti haste .and with fa- 
miliar, niateriar and a familiar plot 
he should find- it. easy doctoring. The 
story involves a rich old widow who 
wants to marry her daughter to an 
Indian rajah. The daughter loves 
mother's .social secretary. A poor 
niece lives witli themi and she falls 
in love with a Jad she meets on a 
park bench. He is in reality the son 
of a millionaire,, but is doing a 
Roger" Kahn Incognito In a^ night 
club. Niece tolls cock-and-bull 
story to boy about how she -vvas 
expected to marry, rajah by switch- 
ing veils during . an .Ea.st Indian 
marriage ceremonial with her aunt's 
daughter. Later in the night club 
the lad sees the 'raj. ah and socks 
him with his violin, only to find that 
the girl's story on the park bench 
was imaginary. Ultimately tho 
rajah turn.s' out to be a crook, the 
social secretary marries the daugh- 
ter and the wealthy younsr jazz 
king marries the niece and all ends 
as .always. 

The f.antastic portion of the plot 
where the yarn of the girl on. the 
park bench is depicted behind scrim 
does not click as travesty at pres- 
ent. The end of the story appar- 
ently has lost the original Intention 
of h.aving the rajah Instead Of being 
a crook turn out to be .in actor 
hired to cure the old k'-dy of her 
desire to have her daughter marry 
a title. ' Lihhoy, 



COLORED CHI STOCKS 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Colored musical comedy stock la 
on the increase. 

Latest houses to adopt the 'policy 
are H. B. Miller's Grand at^ 31 at 
and State streets, and the Frank- 
lin at -3 1st and Calumet. 




A^OVE— Effect of partpiro' 
lion on ordinary make-up oj 
greato- point and powder, 
(Magnified.) 



ABOVE— LEtCnSER'S 
"EVENCLO" Make-up as U 
appeart after one hour fatt 
worfc under Klieg Ughu, 
(Magnified.) 



Tested and approved by German Government Inspectors, 
It is a healthier make-up for your skin. 



THE greatest make-up of all 
iime ... perspiratioii ca:n- 
not affect it ... no gutters nor 
blotches . . . no repipwderiiig, 
every time you go off- stage..* 
holds perfectly on the hottest 
day and for the hottest act . . . 
completely applied in 43 sec- 
onds in one quick operation 



. . . no separate grease slick 
nor powder required . . . it is 
both in one . . . so pure you can 
eat it . , i when first applied its 
healthful astringent produces 
a smart glow . . . your face; is 
protected . . . cool . . . comfort-* 
able . . . available in all stand- 
ard shades. 



The first shipment of LEICHNER'S "Evenglo** to be offered 
for sale in tlic United States arrives in New York about Sept. 1 5. 

^:.^^JI^rUs.y.Qur jMmejaj^^ for the tbcek Sept. 24—30 on 

this advertisement, send to iwfm^S2S'^GVdyUdf"^Bttildingi^ 
New York, and we'll tell you trliere to pet d sample or a 
demonstration. DO THAT NOW! KNOiT WUATS NEfH 



99 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 




More Stocks Than Ever 
Dare s Survey Reveals 



• . ChicafTO, Sopt, 4. 
■■ On thp increase nationally for the 
past two seasons, stock, aotivltlea 
inv being renewed Jn Chicago this 
fall to a greater extent thaii ever 
iH'fore, aooordinig to Frank Dare, 
of Equity here, . 

Dare Tjias made a Tiational survey 
of /stock . conditions, with flgUfes 
\ showing the central seictipn of the 
country leading in this department 
of show business. It experienced, a 
slump duriixg. the 25-26 season but 
the following, season Increased 80 
pfer' cent. Although, no national 
statistics have b^en compiled for 
the 27-28 i)eriod it's considerably 
beyond the previous sieas6n'3 total 
of 257 operating companies, accord-^ 
ing to Dare. 

Stock assumed major importance 
and those already operating with 
dramatic stock include the Kedzle, 
National, New Evahston, Warring- 
ton, New Englewood, Now Apiollo, 
Chatefiu, Ambi^ssador, Central and 
Logari Square, 

This lineup may be added to dur- 
ing- the forthcoming season. 

Musical tabs (m.c. and bui-lesque 
stock) are scheduled for or alre^.dy 
playing the Divcrsey State Con- 
gress, Kialto, liaymarket, Stai* and 
. Garter, Lawndale and possibly the 
.Windsor. Sid Anschell Is rejported 
preparing to t,ry a stock burlesque 
pplidy in the last-. named. 

At least twolve dramatic stocks 
and ten musical . tab houses are 
probable for Chicago. 

. Most active in the local dramatic 
stock field is Harry M.inturn, who 
hais. the Central and Chateau and 
.may take over the Lawndale 
. Rexford Bellamy, advertismg man 
new to Chicago stock, Will open the 
New Evanston -Sept. 3 with "Able." 
Charles Bcrkell, also new here; is 
slated to open the Logan Square. 

Chicago houses scheduled to open 
In Chicago last season when it 
^ caught, on extensively In the nelgh- 
borhoods. 



Santley-Sawyer's Musical; 
3 "Baggages" on Road 

Joseph Sahtley and Ivy Sawyer 
Will co-star in a new musical 
which Santloy and Barter will pro- 
duce In November. Jack McGfOwan 
will contribute the book with lyric- 
ist and composer unassigned as yet. 

This musical will be the second 
for the recently organized firm of 
Santley and Barter and follows 
Nigger Rich," also authored by 
McGowan, which they' will display 
a month in advance of the musical. 

Santley and. Barter will - operate 
three road companies of "Excess 
Baggage," two already under way 
arid, another being brganlzed for 
southern 'territory. 



Gilman Haskell is manager of 
Chicago company, "The , Silent 
House." Took New York company 
there after Friday night's perform 
ance at the Shubert. 



TWO BRONX STOCKS 

stiff competition foi* dramatic 
stock patronage In the Bronx gets 
under way Sept. 10 when two houses 
open with that policy, the Amer- 
ica, formerly Miner's Bronx; and 
Tremont, former picture house. 

At the America, the company is 
headed by Elizabeth Carmicha'el 
aiid Gerald Kent, and includes 
Irene Shirley, Florence Rowan, Tom 
McIOlhany and Ormy Brialey. Ruth 
Amos and Hassol Shelton head the 
company at the Tremont, supported 
by Eddie Evans, Msideline Gal- 
briiith. Jack Soanea,. Leslie Thomas 
and Lewis Scott. 

TremO'nt got the first break when 
the America, scheduled to open 
Labor Day,, was unable to do so 
and has to start day arid date with 
its rival: 



$13 and $17— Net 



Paul Trelbitsch, theatre 
manager for "Skidding," says 
that Variety is nuts. He 
claims instead of taking in 
around $3,000, "Skidding" often 
averages around $5,000. In 
fact the week the play moved 
into the. Buyes, with the extra 
expense, it made a net profit 
of $13. The following week 
the net was $17. He showed 
the figures.. 

Everyone in connection with 
"Skidding" seems pretty proud 
of these receipts aixd sore at 
Variety. , ' 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



(Continued from ixige CI) 

taken to the beach In a Furness owned launch from the hotel also' owned 
by the line. 

It is I'cported the case was quietly settled about a year ago and that 
Welch'tf estate was paid $50,000 ra|her than fight the case In the co'urta. 
The claim of Miss Sullivan's family was also settled, the sum paid said 
to have been ^5,500. 



Reports from Washliigton indicate the booking oTrices supplyinsr the 
legit theatre there are making an effort to keep try outs out of the town 
insofar as possible; This action is presumably based on the records of 
recent seasons that the established shows which went into Waahingtoh 
did fairly well whereas the same shows with identical casts, etc., play- 
ing there as tryoiits, didn't draw peanuts. 

There has been a decided tendency, of late, to try out shows closer 
to New York. 



Fagan, Whitbeck Part 

Myron C. Fagan and H. F. Whit 
beck have dissolved their produc- 
ing partnership. Fagan figures 
alone as producer as well as au- 
thor of "The Great i?ow'er," due at: 
the 4.9th St., New York, next week. 

Fagan has retained J. J. Mobney 
as general manager and . Julia 
Chandler as press representative. 



Century Play Co. Grants 
Stock Asso. 25| Off 

Theatrical Stock Managers' A.S30- 
ciation has effected an arrange- 
ment with , the Century Play Com- 
pany whereby members will be 
granted a 25 per cent, discount on 
all stock releases rented through 
Century. The new association has 
also established responsibility with 
the Scenic Artists' Union whereby 
members will no longer be com- 
pelled to post two weeks salary to 
secure scenic artists. 

These stock men meet again in.| 
New York Sept. 12. They figure to 
enlarge the membership which now 
consists of 70 per cent, of all op- 
orating stock managers. 



A Boston theatrical reporter, who corresponds for a prominent New 
Yo'rk daily, went on her vacation recently with unsolicited assurances 
that everything was set for the new sea.son. 

While away she got a blue envelope. Somebody, it seems,- waa Jealous 
of her work for the N. Y. paper. 



Horace Liverlght producer and book publisher, sustained a triple 
compound fracture of his left arm In a motor car accident several weeks 
ago'. Although in great pain he has attended all rehearsals of his "The 
Dagger and the Rose." 

It has been found that the bones wei*e not properly set and the arm 
will be broken again and reset. 



Prior to leaving for Atlantic City to open "Good Boy," Arthur Ham- 
mersteln is reported to have spent $11,000 on 40 stage hands during 
rehearsals to find that he could only take 4a ve of the crew with him on 
the road because of , a union ruling. , 

The sho'w carries a double treadmill for novelty scenic effects. At 
least one principal in the cast Is already suffering from bad feet through 
the heavy tramping and dodging the stage hands in all entrances. 



Future Plays 



".Tin .Pari Aljey," which Hunry 
Forbes is producing, has been set 1 Mpneypejiny 



ENGAGEMENTS 

Will Rogers, Dorothy Stone, An- 
drew Toombes, Alan Edwards, Oscar 
Ragland. Janet Velle, William Val- 
entine, Eddie Allen, John Lambert, 
Patsy Kelly, Phyllis Rae, Phelps 
Twins, "Three Cheers." 

William IngersoU, Janet McLeay, 
Mary Robinson, "Trapped." 
Georgette Spelvln, "Ups-a-Daisy." 
Joseph AUenion, Van Hetlln, "Mr. 



HELENE CIIVE'S TEST 

Los Angeles, Sept. 4. 

Helen Clive,. who finished last 
season in "Rio Rita," has been 
given a test by Rao ul Walsh, li*ox, 
for a speaking part. . 

Mrs. Cllve's: husband is Henry 
Cliye, art director and assistant di- 
rector, at the Chaplin studio. 



NEW YORK THEATRES 



• ^'«^'^/'»^'V«^MY«^"^^^^^V>^^Y«^^V«^'.lY«Y.^r«^^y»^"f»^.:<'«^^7»\'.''«^^i.r«^^V»^'.i^ 



back until next month. It's another 
I opus on song writers. 

"One of the Boys," tried out for 
a week last season by Raymont 
Productions is being readied for 
|. another try with Samuel Orange, 
author, making the reproduction, 
The piece Is another after the war 
opus and played a week in Passaic, 
N. J., and then folded. 

"Veils," which haid a brief run 
a.t the Forrest, New York) will be 



Frances Slierry replaces Joanna 
Roos, "Grand Street Follies." 

Lulu Mae Hubbard replaces Alice 
Moffatt, "The Money Lender." 
Ruby keeler, "Whoopee." 
Sonia Ivanoff, Henry .Stillman, 
Ramsay Wallace, Douglas Garden, 
Leola. Beulow, Robert Lalwrence, 
"Men She Married." 

Hilda Spong, "The High Road." 
Harry Mestayer, Joan Bennett, 
"Jarnegan." 
Kay Johnson, "Little Accident." 
Fay Bainter, Guthrie McClintIc, 
"Jealousy.V 

Henry E. Dixey, '^The Night Be 
fore." 



The ('"vid Belnsco preaents 

BACHELOR 
FATHER 

By Edward Child* Cirpenter 
with JUNK WALKER, C. AVnR£T 
SSnrU, GEOFFREY KERB 
o-DT Acnn Thoa.. W. 44tb St Evo. 8:30. 
OiiiJxflLOtiU Mats. Thuro. & Sat.. 2 :30. 



GENE nCC'K PresentH 
The Dramatic Knockout! 



2::{0 



"RINGS IDE" 

Stn^rd by GEORGE ABBOTT 

"A grand show, a walloping hit and a 
thriller. . . . It left this observer 
limp with excitement."— Walter Wln- 
ehell, "Graplilc." 



Tlioatre Guild rrodnctioiis _ 
LAST THREE WEEKS 




nVriTlDf IP THEA.. Vltsi 42d St. 



Saturday 



Eydhings 5:30 





JOHN GOLDEN THEATRE 

6Alh, ISnst of Broadway 



VOLPONE 

Tw« THEATRE, \V«»t 52d. 

ni J 11 IJ Kvcs. 8:30. Mats. 

Thura. and Sat., 2:30 



Latest, Greatest Musical of Mirth 

JOE COOK 

"RAIN OR SHINE" 



GEO. 
M. 



PDU AM The*.. B'way & 43cl. Evs. 8:30. 
V^nHIV Matlne«fl WED. & SAT. 



revived for another New York William Hodge, "Straight Thru the 
showing next month according to p^oor." ta„„„«^o 
irvlns Davi, author, who ^11, L,S^„„^^^5l„- . .f^'iLe SS^'' 
sponsor the revival. Davis claims Roberta Arnold, "Adventure." 
short coin closed the show pre- Muriel Rogers, "Vagabond King" 
maturely when done under other (road) 

managerial auspices. Ruth De Quincey, "The Stage." 

"Deuces Wild," with a three-star y^^^^"*^ Tallman, for Fiske O'Hara 
cast. Bozo Snyder, Mollle Williams "^Raymond Rialdl, "Night at the 
and Manny King, opens Sept. 17 in 

the Jackson theatre, Ik)ng Island ] William Morris and his two sons 



City, with the following week in 
Baltimore. 

"The Bull Pen" is announced by 
Marco Troductions, a new produc 
ing combination. 

"Down Deep," produced by Ar- 
den. Inc., opens af-Werba's, Brook- 
Cast includes Greg 



MARION DAVIES in 
• "The Cardboard Lover" 

Motro-CJoldwyn-Mayer'H VimfeHt 
with NILS ASTUEK^ETTA OOlTDAIi 

OWDITIKS" — A Review Featuring 
JACK OSTEUMAN, Kosoray & Cupella, 

Ruhy Koelcr, Maxine I.nwist 
WAf.T ROE.SNER— TUB OAPITOI.LVNS I lyn. Sept. 10. 

CAPITOL GRAND ORCH., David Mendoza, Con. ' „' xj^f^rr ■\T^^^n. xto« 
nroadway and Bist St. RatofC, Viola France, Nan 

Monster Refrigarating Plant | Harper, Mary Daniel, Harry Clarke 

and Sam Poch. 



CAPITOL 



nnST TIME AT rorULAR PRICES 
• >VtIIInm Fox PriBsenta 

"FAZIL'^ 

^Ith . - . - 

cii.ari.es farrkll. 
uiu-rrA NissEN 

And a Oreat Roxy 
Stafpe Entvrtninmeht 

WORI>D S LARGEST COOIjINO PLANT 



[Chester and Adrian. "Fast Life." 
Ackland Powell, "Revolt." 
Walter Folmer, Charlotte Ayres 
"Dagger and the Ro.se." 

Thomas Britton, George Hagger 
ty. Cecil Cone. "Hollo Yourself." 

John T, Doyle, "The Great 
Power." 

Max GabC'l, Jennie Goldstein 
"The Cantor's Daughter." 
Myrtle Allen, "Show Boat." 
Je;innette MacDonald, Carl Ran- 
dall. Alli.son Skipworth, Roy Hoycr 




, p» 4. • T->i « ^ I William Danforth, Virginia Watson 

"The Legacy," starrmg Florence Et^el Mendelsohn, Gus Alexander 



7th Ave. & 
60th St Dir. 
(Roxy) • 



Doon Open Dally at 10:30 A. M. 
All HeatA 35c to 1 P. 7^1. 

S MARK BROADWAY at 47th ST. 

TH AW I J Midnight Show Nightly, 11 :30 I sla 
XAAJN Moilcrn CooIhiR System 
IVarner Broe. Vlt4iplione Production 
SEE and HEAR 

"STATE STREET SADIE" 

Conniii Nnf^ol — ^Myrna t^y — Wm. RunHell 

ST?.!?. WAHNKU HUOS. VITAniONK TTT? AP 



Reed, went into rehearsal this week 
with A. H. Woods and Gilbert Miller 
figurihg lis prolduc 
includes Louis Calhern, C. H. Gor 
don, Leona Maricale and others 

"Hollo Yourself," produced by 
George Ghoos, opens at Wilmington 
Sept. 20 and goes to Philadelphia 
for four weeks. Ca.st Includes Sta 
Ledova, Jane . Foshee, Lucy 
Monroe, Helen Goodhue, Edythe 
Maye, Dorothy Lee, Evelyn Nair, 
Walter Plimmer, Jr., Thomas Brit 
ton, George Haggerty, Blaine Cord 
ner, William Robertson, Joseph Fay, 
Jimmy Ray, Walter Redick, Ivan 
Luttman, Gomez and Winona and 
Warings Pennsylvanian.s. 



Arthur Cole, "The Royal Family 
^Ch^oago) 

DoiigraS Euiiey,'' Taylor Gordon 
Charles Irwin, "Americana." 

Enid Romany, .1. H. Brewer, "So 
This Is Marriage." 

Margaret Barrett, Shuberts. 

Douglas Burley, Rosamond John 
soti, Olijirles Irwin, "Americana." 

Babe Fenton, "Greenwich Village 
Follies." 

Martin Brothers, Maye and Dobbs 
"A Night In Venice." 
Gloria Lee, "Hold Everything." 
Margaret Irving, Elaine Baker 
Charles Barron, "Animal Crackers 

Maury Dane, Shefter and Shapiro 
"Rio Rita." 

McGushin Sisters, "Don Garcon, 
Shubert musical. 



CARAVAN 

(Continued from page 5'.i) 

making an impression — doubtful at 
best— the play might have had; 

Against its merits of neat epi.sode 
and witty line there is to be bal-. 
anced many glaring effects of con- 
struction. For one thing, the story 
ends CDnoluaivcly with the second 
act, and the last chapter la all anti- 
climax. When several stage per- 
sonages have been murdered and 
the mystery of their earthly passing 
has been solved in full view of the 
audience, it docs seem like an impo- 
sition to hold the customers in for 
another act. Just to watch a couple 
of petting lovers mnkei up their 
quarrel. That's what happens here. 

Play has an annoying Way of cre- 
ating a forecast of tension and then 
breaking it abruptly. Ancient de- 
vice is dragged in tp "make a situa- 
tion." Such was the absurd artifice 
of having the heavy hide in the 
heroine's . curtained bed when her 
honest Ipver came to call. And even 
then nothing really vital happened. 

Everybody knows there's a mys- . 
terlous stranger hanging, around 
waiting for . a chance to bump , off 
the- villain, and so when he's killed 
and suspicion Is directed at others, 
it doesn't fool anybody. Nothing 
grows up naturally. Playwright has 
a way of shooting the facts he 
wants known right In the faces of 
his auditors. . 

Several parts are nicely played, 
notably a capital sketch of a clown 
by Barry McCollom, whose authentic 
Irish brogue Is a musical delight 
arid who.se reading of a comedy 
character part is a charming per- 
formance. Robert Hyman, a fine 
figure of a sturdy young gypsy, as 
leading man, played with admirable 
discretion. Everybody else either 
underacted or overacted, and the 
result was a distinctly spotty per- 
formance. Elsa Shelley, for in- 
stance, made her gyps>» vamp only 
shrill and awkward, while Miss 
Pemberton's Romany wildcat was 
milder than an Epworth Leaguer. 
Beyond two weeks, run is gauged by 
backer's sportmanship arid willing- 
ness to stay with a forlorn cause. 
Picture possibilities are there. 



Clayton, Jackson and Durante, 
Leon Errol, "Ripples." 

Raymond Huntley, "Dracula" 
(road show). 



BON JOUR 

JACK FORESTER 

FEATURED 

CASINO DE PARIS 

DOUBMNO 

PERROQUET 



ca., B'wny and -lOth St. 
fl. 8;30,.Alat.s. Wed. & Siit. 



EMPIRE j^'; 

CHARI.I5,S FIlOIIATAN Prcscntu 

HEAVY TRAFFIC 

A New Cninefly by Arthur Rlchnmn, with 

MARY BOLAND 

,\ K. RPJCSINATiP 

MATTHEWS MASON 




Henry Miller's ir^I.^ 



"Bettor than 'Front I'ago.' " 



Gentlemen 



TUlfl 



A Ne WHi)aiier Cotnudy liy Wiird Moi-uliouHr 
Suited by Gcoi-Bu Abbott 



^%s^S^flliiliiii»Hniii!BnMnHnnflBTfliiBHiiniiiiHniiMiiiiiiMnMnnn 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



55 



Absent TPROA Members 
Demand to Be Heard 

A group of agents In Los Angeles, 
members In good standing of the 
T. P. -^'t have -written a com- 

munication to Secretary Francis 
Reld. of the organization, protesting 
against the summary demand upon 
Vlc^-Presldent Mitchell, to resign 
■without giving traveling members a 
chance to be heard ort the subject. 

The Los Angeles group also re- 
cor(3ed its objection to any "gag 
rule" in the administratibn of the 
organization and concluded with 
this statement: . 

"When President Pidgeon recently 
ftttended .one. of our (Los Angeles) 
meetings, the question of likelihbod 
of dissolution of the TPROA came 
up, and it was the unanimous senti- 
ment of every member present that 
he would sticlc by the organization. 

, . You may serve this notice 
upon those members in New Yorlc 
Who may have in mind a plan to 
disrupt the TPROA, that we will 
oppose any such move in every legal 
way within bur power." 

Communication is sighed by 14 
members, constituting the adminis- 
tration of "The Agents," Los An- 
geles agents and members of the 
Protectivje Association. 



AHEAD AND BACK . 

Ahead and back with "Mary t»u 
gan" are John Bilontague, ahead of 
the New York company, Charles 
Wendling, back; Ralph Kettering, 
ahead of" Chicago troupe, Charles 
Pinkernelly, back; John .Campbell, 
ahead of eastern corripany, Fred 
Mayer, back; O. B. Henseh, ahead 
of western company, Frank Perley, 
back; Dave Altman, ahead of south- 
ern company, Dave Posrier, back. 

Howard Gale, ahead, and Warren 
O'Hara, back, with "Dagger and the 
Rose." 

John Wallace, former Baltimore 
newspaperman, is doing special 
publicity for David Belasco, prin 
clpally magazine work. Arthur 
Levy, Belasco's" general press 
representative for several seasons, 
continues in charge. of that depart- 
ment. 

Harry B. Nelmes resigned as 
manager of Lew Fields Mansfield 
and is now house manager and 
treasurer of the Vanderbilt. Charles 
Gray, assistant, also goes over from 
the Mansfield. Leon Spachner and 
Arthur Wright, who handle the 
Vanderbilt box office, have switched 
to the Mansfield. 

Robert Edgar Long, press, agent 
with George Chbos* "Hello, Your 
Belt." 



Post Opeiis Frisco Capitol 

San Francisco, Sept. 4. 

After several months of darkness 
the newly decorated New Capitol 
theatre at last has an attraction 
Guy Bates Post will , open cold in 
♦•The Play's the Thing," tentatively 
Bfet for, Sept. 16. 

Jack Brehany. Is handling the 
house. "Kongo" probably will fol 
low Post. 



"MAERIAGE" AT ELLIOTT 

"So This Is Marriage," sponsored 
by Paterson McNutt, supplants 
"Coquette" at the Maxine Elliott 
Sept, 17. It will have a three-day 
out of town break in preliminary to 
the New York showing. 

Cast Includes Violet Heming, 
Minor Watson, Juliette Day, Mai 
colm Duncan* Henry Whittemore 
Ruth Garland, Enid Romany, J.. H 
■Brew^er; "Bruce Elmore and Joseph 
ine Lewis. 



Page Boy's Lambs Tale 



Not long ago an enterpris- 
ing page boy at the Lamb's 
was . In the habit of watching 
Dixon, Donohue, Boyle and 
other dancers do their stuff. 
He finally decided to try It 
and got himself into vaude- 
ville, unsuccessfully. He; has 
a doleful tale to tell. 

"Gee," he say's* "I wouldn't 
be broke if I could get some 
of ^ the money the Lamb's owe- 
me. Every time an actor 
came, in .the club he'd say, 
,'Here Ijoy, lend me two bits- 
or 50 cents to pay off this cab,' 
I haven't any change.' 

"Guess they ow(3 me about 
1200 through two bitten me to: 
death." 



Costly^ Postponement 

Atlantic City, Sept. 4. 
Premiere of "The Dagger and the 
Rose," the musical , version of "Thie 
Firebrand," was set back froni Monr 
day to tonight (Tuesday) at the 
Apollo. . 

The postponement was costly. 
The house had been sold out for 
Labor Day night and the house 
share of ?4,000 was charged; against 
the show. In addition* the Sunday 
night vaude concert was also 
bought by the show management 
for a scheduled dress rehearsal. 



14 Stock Troupes 

Robertson Smith Stock t*layers 
will have troupes in 14 cities this 
fall. 

Definite , openings have beien set 
for Fall River, Cleveland, Bay City, 
Lexingtoh, Terre Haute, Alliance, 
Springfield, O., Warren, 0„ Ypfk, 
Allen town and Sandusky. Compa- 
nies are nov/ playing at Johnstown, 
New. Castle and Elyria. 

Some of these are reopenlngs 
from la.st season, haying been 
closed for the summer. 



PLAtSHOP HOMELESS 

Stamford,' Sept. 4. 

Just as the Actors' Pljiyshop of 
Stamford is getting a break with 
increasing patronage, the group 
must lease the Auditorium theatre 
which It had on a 12- week lease. 
Beatrice Maude director of the 
group is seeking another theatre 
unless further arrangements can be 
made, with the Women's Club which 
owns the theatre-auditorium. 

Alice Carroll, a sister of Earl 
Carroll, Is appearing with the stock 
group this week In "Dear Brutus." 



"TRAPPED" OUT PROMPTLY 

Chicago, Sept, 4. 
"Trapped," Shuberts' melodrama 
at. the Woods, registered a flop and 
will be taken off at the end of this 
week after three weeks. "Present 
Arms" will move into the Woods 
on Sept. 9. 



CAPITOL 

<Continued from page 39) 

keeps moving forward for location 
regardless of man, woman or man- 
agement. The break and the result- 
ant scurrying as the last stagp show 
started completely muffled Ostor- 
mann's opening sallies upstairs. 

Evidently told not to got too 
rough, Ostermanh couldn't resist 
the Mrs. Hoover-Al Smith Wliito 
House story and did the Pullman 
blackout of "one of you girls will 
have, to leave." Singing three sonss, 
one as , a four-minute eiVcoro with 
Miss' Lewis doing straight; hS.'ll find 
it better if cutting to two, . Few 
can linger for any great length of 
time within these vast interiors. 
But bstermann wox'ked fast . as a 
whole and dln't appear to be out- 
smarting the film patronage other 
than on the inside quips to the pit 
and front rovs. .. Doubtful if Oster-. 
mann would wear well as an m. c„ 
but for two, maybe three, weeks 
he's a new lease on energy which 
many a picture house stage could 
use. 

Ruby Keeler did well for herself 
oh a special mat and in a good look- 
ing abbreviated red ccstume. Two 
dances by this buck artiste, her 
opening routine the usual conglom- 
eration of steps and her second, a 
slow rhythm tap In need of doctor- 
ing. House liked her, probably on 
appearance as much as anything 
else, and she replied by. a couple of 
very nonchalant bows in the night 
club manner. 

Roseray and Cappela, adagio 
team, had a ballet in a garden set 
to blaze the trail and proved inter- 
esting. Opening band number led 
into a routine by the girls. They 
were once strikingly costumed in 
black and also did something of a 
stonip in a red arid white set. Miss 
Lewis, started the specialties doing 
a ballad, switching info a hot^second 
chorus, in a high register voice rem- 
iniscent of the boys who used to 
mega,phone the latest in melody at 
thie Polo Grounds as the series 
opened. B6twixt and between Os- 
termah was on and off, giving his 
tailor a break by changing ward- 
robe for the final show. . 

Overture was "Thirteenth Hun- 
garian Rhapsody" with» the pit 
crew splitting foE-the finale of , the 
stage end, the dance combination 
being on, stage. If the eyesight Is 
right, now. drumming; for Roesner 
is the youth who used to do a cork- 
ing comedy and hot nance xylo- 
phone for Ben Bernie. Letting the 
rhythm get under his skin on Miss 
Keeler's second number, it was a 
toss up who to watch,, the dancer 
or the drummer. The latter seemed 
to fee having the best time. He 
muffles a mean cyi^bal. 

News weekly held to eight min- 
utes with about as liberal display of. 
credit as any Broadway house has 
held of late. International and M-G 
were In twice with Pathe, Fox and 
Paramount, each represented once,. 
Stage show ran 44 minutes and the 
"Our Gang" kids will be herein per- 
son week of Sept. IB. 

Plus "Cardboard Lover" (M-G) 
as. the screen leader, th^ro was 
nothing much the matter on this 
corner and that Includes biisiness. 

Bid. 



STOCK STICKING 

Dramatic stock will linger in- 
definitely at the Plaza, Engelwood* 
N. J., instead of the house revert- 
ing to vaudfilm Sept. 10 as pre- 
viously announced. 

Werba and Taylor installed the 
stockr the first legit outfit around 
there In several years. 



"BUZZ" WILL BUILD^IF 

Minneapolis', Sept, 4. 
"Buzz" Bainbridge, new lessee 
and manager of. the. Minneapolis 
and St. Paul Mctropplitah (road 
shows), has promised a new theatre 
in place of the Metropolitan for 
legitimate touring attractions next 
Bea;son. The promise, however, is 
condiltdnal upon adequate support 
of the road shows this season. 



CLOSING FOR CHANGES 

"Tampico" closes In Newark, 
N. J., this week for cast changes and 
revision. 

"Piece reopens in New Haven,. Sept 
17, and comes into a New York 
house the fbliowing week. 



.Chi. 0. Recruits 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 
Chicago Treasurers' Assoclaition 
Local . No. 1 has taken Into Its ^or- 
ganization ail members 6f the Arl- 
ington race track treasurers. The 
association also succeeded in signing 
the , Cubs baseball park 100 per cent 
while obtaining a .raise for the 
trea.surers there. 



Theatres Proposed 



rain<1«-n. N, .T.— Also omcoa. 11,250.000. Owner. Tox Film Corp, Architect. 
I.aokcvy & HflUPl. Ciitndcn, .Policy, Pl<'tu'"''-'': „„. ^ . aii«„ -Mionfr.. TtPAltv 
Grcon Itny, Wis.— Also Blore.s .and aj.lH. $400,000. Owner, ■A"^" J5»«?^re HeaUy 
=:Cfl...,^M^-JilWvWjl^^ Opcnliamer & Obel. Green Bay. 

^%riln.°M''o'-("BlPctrlc) ?20,000. Own^rTaT^^b^r^hSriTK^^ 

tect, Trupman & MatintP, .Toidin, Policy not fflvcn, • t_„-»i«». 

Ocoftn rity, n; j;---(Al8i hotel .and p\CT) $4,000,000. Owner wl hheld. Location.. 

Hoardwalk. Architc't, G. Kclsipr. Npw York nty. rolu-y^not Riven Architect 

Vimn. HI,— (ALSO .More and hotpl) $100,000.- Owner, H. Tanner, Pana. Architect, 
Swan A. Clau.oen, I>ecatur, 111. Polii-y not »rivcn. mv,*„»,« -r 

Knrhelle 111 —f Also fltorpp) 1126,000. Owner, Rophelle Theatre Corp., B. 

BcV?e aPon tiry. nooh^ire\" Archltec't, E. F. .T^^r^^fv^^^'^'^rr^hRpi '''E?lUb'e Tco 
St. Paul— fAelor. ,rem.). Owner. Klnkel.«teln & Kubcn. Archltpct, Lllerbe tc Co., 

"t. Paul, , „ V 

6t. Paul— (Garrick, rem.). Owner, Flnkcl.stcllx & nubcn. 



GRANADA 



(Wir«d) 
(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, Sept. 1. 

Marks Bros, claim their inde- 
pendent status Is quite a handicap 
In the booking of first class pic- 
tures. They've taken the squawk 
to court, filing restraint of trade 
charges against Publlx-Pramount- 
B. & K. and practically anyone else 
you can think of offhand. In the 
meantime, they have Inaugurated a 
Greater Shows Season. 

Greater Shows Season Is the 
booking of name stage attractions 
powerful enough to make up for the 
alleged Indifferent screen stuff. 

Marks Bros., are going after the 
name attractions week after week 
for at least three- months; This 
week It's John Steel, next week Ed- 
die Cantor, and next Julian Eltinge. 
They have tried the Idea before, and 
made money with it. 

What Johrt Steel, the singer, 
means to a picture house audience 
on advance billing Is problematical. 
Benny Meroff, m. c.,. Introduced him 
by saying: ^'Listen folks, this inan 
is really a star from big shows like 
'Zlegfeld's Follies.' Give him a real 
big hand." Plenty didn't know him, 
but they applauded. After hearing 
six of his numbers their , apprecia- 
tion was genuine. 

Little production thought was ex- 
pended on the Steel unit, the whole 
thing relying on him to carry it 
Title was "Welcome B6nny," unique 
but appropriate in honor of Benny 
Meroff's return from a short va- 
cation. Until the finale everything 
was routined before a set of vari- 
colored drapes covering rear stage 
Opening had the eight hou.sc girls 
knocking off a toe dance on large 
blocks at either side of the band. 
^hen-Meroff-took-.hisj!r-elcD.ia£jiowfli 
broke into an eccentric hoofing 
routine, and played a four-foot sax 
as revelation of his numerous tal 
<?TitR. His versatility is unaues- 
tloned, 

Jimmy demons and Daroy, mixed 
dance team from revues, fallod to 
impress in a wobbly walk dance 



Inside Stuff-Vaudeville 

(Continued from page 34) 
It continuod fur half lunir or more. She did not run out of g:ip.s as she 
proccdod oai-h intruduotlon of the other players by a gag or two. Tlveso 
players simply oanio our. took a bow and let it go at that. 

Then an old timo two-rocl comoily actor who also had been in vaude- 
ville decided that ho would break off a little stuff himself. He came out 
and started sa.cKins with the stage band leader, who is one of the most 
popular on the ooast. The leader didn't respond enthu.siastioaily to the 
playcr'.s Joe Millers. The, player feeling himself . Hopping insisted on 
being given a violin and when none was prolWred he took one from one 
of the. orchestra men. The house manager after checking the entire 
personal .appoarahoe procedure on this particular night was very ;much 
perturbed, claiming it had taken up more than an hour, caused hlrh to 
refund money, besides, conipelling him to pAy overtime to stage hands, 
muRici.ah3:;ahd .operators. .,: 



■\Villiam Fox's sur.vey of the opei'atlhg staff.s of the Poll New Eng- 
land theatres is said to hav.d been disappointing to the Poli houses' new 
owner. Several., of. the Poli (former) .house managers will be replaced 
according to report. : . 

John Zanft, representing Fox and; in charge of the Poll houses, 
reported looking for available house men, although not deemed very 
liberal in salary offers by those so far approa.ciied. 



Keith's i?alace, New York; outfitted with uniformed male ushers, 
"young men of line character and refincnient," i.s handing out a smiEill 
pamphlet so describing the new' seat dlriectors and its "Service in Blue." 
While on the Palace - stiige Leonard Sillmari. kidded the ultra theatre 
sei-vioe along Broadway in a satirical song. 
In the pamphlet it says: 

'•The Service in Blue" 
is an innovation being introduced in theatres of the 
Keith- Albee-Orpheum 
. Chain, during this 
New Era In Vaudeville 
To give .our patrons the best in service by young men of fine character 
and refinement is our purpose. 

The attaches of this theatre are not permitted to' .accept fees or 
gratuities of any kind. The price of admission covers all advantages 
offered by the superior service of this theatre. The Manag.enient win 
consider it a favor to be advised of any violations of the above or mnj 
incivility or inattention by any member of Its service staff. 



A tactical move by Lew Leslie . figures In his booking of Jotinny 
Hudgins for his "Blackbirds" revue although the comedian Is not ex- 
actly needed. 

Rather than I'isk .some competitive colored entrepreneur annexing. 
Hudgin.s, Leslie signed him. , The colored comic just returned .from 
Europe where he has been fo'r two seasons In Paris and Berlin, 



version holstered by vocal chouses 
from Clemons. Later Clemens drew 
real recognition with - a, stew song 
and dance impersonation, one of the 
niftiest bits of its kind, and forcing 
him into a speech here. Stutz and 
Bingham, mi.xed coniedy team from 
vaude, followed with heavy collec- 
tlohs on gags that have been 
fatherless for some time. Stutz 
gets , his best with plastic mugging 
and. a trick pair of pants that fall 
down. His partner harmonizes with 
him for a singing close. The team 
is good for picture houses. 

A concert version , of "Some of 
These Days," by the band, deserved 
its featuring. Merdff directs an 18- 
plece outfit. Steel followed, stand- 
ing before drapes with the band 
concealed. Classic deliveiTr of a 
ballad (.set hihi with , the house im- 
mediately, and the sixrbit custom- 
ers begged for five more folk songs 
and ballads before letting him go. 
Steel Is giving more than enough 
for the prices, and. is; creating a 
.great following. 

Closing act was Washboird Trio, 
a freak colored musical turn re- 
cording for Brunswick. Booked In 
oh a gamble, they clicked easily 
with hot harmony on banjo, wash- 
tub, washboard, jug and kazoos. A 
juvenile hoofer, of fair ability, added 
to the turn for Its stage tryout. 

Another novelty In the unit Is 
Meroff's manipulation of a radio 
receiver while the musicians Imi- 
tate ethereal noises on a darkened 
stage. Familiar In vaude and re- 
vues, and still full of laughs for the 
picture houses. 

Finale brought raising of the rear 
drapes to show chorines, peeking 
through star-shaped apertures'in a 
black velvet drop, with girl posed 
on a large moon lowered slowly 
to the stage. 

Film portion, held "The Grain of 
Dust" (Tiffany-Stahl), Eddie Pea- 
body and' "Prediction" on Vita- 
phone and Movietone news. Over 
capacity house Saturday night. 

Loop. 



UPTOWN 

(TORONTO) 

Toronto, Sept. 4, 

Building his whole show around 
a five year old master of corcmoniea 
Jack Arthur has them Jiking another 
of his "Kiddie Review^s" this week. 

Jack Rae is the curly headed 
blond lad who can stop the show 
whenever he feels like It, This lad 
has been training under Arthur for 
two year.s and knows no end of 
stage business of his own. 

Usual speech opon.s with a flash 
on four year old girl cootch dancer 
In one. Hoofing okay but voice not 
so good. Chorus of eight six yf;ar 
olds show.s good coaching by .Jean 
Hem.s worth. A military tap dancer 
is TieliC . 

Full set toy shop scene has an 
unprogramniod girl singing a nov 
city rhyme, "My Little Ooe Ge,c 
Gee," In mlfist of stuffed animals 
and other toys. Rube toggery but 
words and pantomime all .^trjilght. 
Cat. comes to life a.s anoth'-r four 



year old girl for an Imitative dance. 
House thought It cute. 

Sol Rae. older brother of the m. 
c, hands them a couple of mammy 
songs neither up to date nor ap- 
propriate. Well sung, however. 
Kid, about 16, in one of those Eng- 
lish school boy outfits. MaJceup 
bad. 

A garden scene with the eight 
kids in . flame ballot frocks .la s 
standout. Girls do well on t09 
dancing. Flowers in garden archea 
lighting up. 

The m. c. took hold of the show 
here and put it over. ': "Oh Gee, Oh 
Gosh, Oh Golly I'm In Love" aa a 
sissy boy lammed them all. Hia 
kid can sing, dance, tell a yara 
or what have you ? His Harry 
Lauder bit, "Roamin' In the Gloain- 
In' " had them cheering. . 

Curtain on an Olympic Gamaa 
bit. . Drop shows stadium. Dozen 
kids In jerseys of different nations. 
Event Is the 400 metres. Yoiinc 
Rae, the m. c, smallest of the bunch,' 
cops. As Canada of course. Baca 
run with projection machines flick- 
ering a la slow motion. A fla# 
waving finish with other racem 
carrying kid off shoulder high. 

The band docs a. short overtura 
of Russian airs to accompany "Tha 
Patriot" (Par) and Is hack In tha 
pit under Lloyd Collins. 

Fox and Associated News ted 
minutes with tQore than >half taken 
with Third Wrlgley Marathon Swim 
for women, a local event of lamt 
Wednesday. Biz opened strong. 

Binclair, 



STATE 

(Wired) 
(MINNEAPOLIS) 

Minneapolis, Sept 1. 

In conjunction with "Street 
Angel,'^ which has been strong 
ehbiigh to' dravir"dn"tta~own account 
for the past fortnight, the State haa 
its least pretentious stage show in 
many weeks, It is an "overture 
presentation" and, in addition to tha 
25 -piece orchestra under' the mas- 
terly direction of John Ingram, uti- 
lizes but two singers, a soprano and 
tenor. The "gems" included Vic- 
tor Herbert's "The Dagger Dance^** 
Massenet's " Mdditaition " from 
"Thais," Wagner's "Ride of th* 
Valkyries" and the "Miserere" from 
"H Trovatdrc." . As a concession to 
those customers whose tastes da 
not run to the classics, there was a 
jazz windup. 

A violin isolo by a member of the 
pit orchestra featured the "Medi- 
tation" portion of the number and 
preceded tiie "Miserere" rendered by 
the two singers in -cost'.mo on a 
full stage with a prison setting. 
The soprano, Emily Day. and Julian 
Neville, the tenor, displayed good 
voices. The arrangement of the 
number and the playing by the or- 

'^Fox Movietone News, making Its 
local debut.- scored a hit, the Smith 
Inaugural address proving partic- 
ularly interesting. "Street Angel," 
the feature photoplay and a smash 
herpi completed the program. Busl- 
ne.ss fme. . 



56 



VARIETY 



NIGHT CLUBS— MUSIC 



Wednesday, September 5/19^8 



Inside Stuff-Music 



1^50,000 "Ramonas" 

Mabel Wayne, the only; successful popular "'^"f T/''S''h JK^J-If 
-Ramona." '•Chiquita," "In a Little Spanish Tou'n," ' '^^^^fj/: 
•Bee" and "Don't Wake Me Up Let Me Dream" '^'"""^T °th^,^^;;r^.4i^^^^ 
to her credit, Is being flirted with for a few week? in the bigpcr Keath 

'"^hf lS;'^i^<S'co;SS for a talker, Miss Wayne having done a 
vaude ^nfrfe a couple^^^ seasons back when she retired in- favor of 
matrfmonv Her doLlre to write, songs and her quick click brought her 
rack prof ossionally. Phil Kornhelser. of Feist, her publishers, is groom- 
Ine the composeress for production wotk. 

M ss Wayne's "Ramona" will earn $100,000 in gross royalties- for her- 
se^ and collaborator, L. Wolfe Gilbert. The latter, li^iciden tally. Is 
todaj one of the most prolific film theme, song lyrists Concerning 
"Ramona," Feist established a record by issuing a royalty statement 
for almost 1. 000,000 copies on. the song, this . being the biggest single 
royalty- statement ever Issued. The. number broke so tl^^.t ^ts sales jere 
concentrated. Since then the copies have gone over l,2o0.0O0 with rne 
and a half millions predicted by Foist. Inc. 

Whiteman-Gillespie Rings 

Paul Whiteman is distributing 500 specially designed onyx-and -silver 
good-luck rings to his. friends as a courtesy gesture. .It is a good 
luck-vring. designed by Jlmmie Gillespie. Whlteman's mentor, Including 

thereon every symbol of good 1^^^^ f^<=^^ /^.^ '^^'^1^^. 
swastika, four-leaf clover and horse-shoe nails, the heads of which 
carry miniature reproductions of the Whlteman ^^cial trade-mark._ _ 
Gillespie had them made in Chi and may harken to the local jeweler s 
suggestion they market the "Paul Whlteman Good Luck Ring, /.f or 
the time being, however, the 500 ordered are being distributed gratis by. 
Whlteman to his and Gillespie's friends, 

Bobby, Crawford's Cleared Car 

Gn his way back from' Canada, Bobby Crawford's car was held up 
twice after ho had passed. the border.- State troopers were not concerned 
in Crawford's speeding, which he : figured at first was the cause of the 
Btopp?ige, the mllltla demanding to look under the auto's upholstery for 
any contraband, not found. 

This procedure, said to be not unusual, is explained by possibly another 
car of same make having been under suspicion even after getting by the 
border customs' inspectors, with the alarm phoned ahead for the troopers 
to be oil thei lookout. 



Evien Into a Hospital 

Current laugh of the Alley is the alleged . over-zealousness of a song 
plugger in landing an orchestra leader, Berhie Cummins of the Hotel 
Blltmcire, while he was. confined In St. Vincent's hospital, following a 

minor . operation. ». ./ , * 

With all of the music men visiting Cummins at the hospital, one o£ 
them accidentally left behind an orchestra.tlon of a new tune. The other 
music men coming In happened to see it and the gag of the plugger 
pursuing the leader even in a hospital has been quickly taken up and 
circulated. Incidentally, Cummins will be out and about within a 
f o'rtnlght. 

Friendly Gesture 

, Seymour Simona, who has .returned to the Hollywood, Detroit, as 
m, c., was greeted with an extraordinaryily friendly gesture on the part 
ol Bob Clark, the featured organist at the same theatre, to" disprove 
the generally existing jealousy between m. c.'s and organists. Clark 
devoted his entire , specialty to' slides, introducing Simons and including 
a medley of the orchestra leader's past song hits which ho composed. 
Furthermore, he. lowered his organ -without applause cue so as to lead 
hito Simons' stuff and give him the benefit of eiverything. 

Sonora'a Talker 

The Sonora talking machine cphipany is readying a $3,500 talker 
equipment for the market. It is on the Vitaphohe (disks) principle 
and plays interchangeable s.ubjects. 

Pat Ballard Made Talkers In 1920 

At the height of the talker vogue, it is worthy of , record that Pat 
Ballard, songwriter and author of a number of University of Pennsyl 

(Continued on page 58) 



Cabaret Bills 

NEW YOBK 



CHATEAU MADRID 

(2d Review) 

New York, Aug. 30, 
One of the liveliest rooiiis In mld- 
town, the Chateau Madrid atop tlie 
54th St, Club, has been lUling the 
void for the disciples, of Clayton, 
Jackson and Durante, due in no 
small measure to Jack White, a sort 
of Jlmmie Durante singing com- 
edian. As m. c„ this original minif 
features a similar style of broad 
coinedy which, like Durante's. is so 
well adapted to a cafe floor. 

On analysis, providing one anal? 
yzes such things, the al fresco at- 
mosphere of a nlte club is not par- 
ticularly conducive to subdued en- 
tertainment. . The aura of the sur- 
roundings perforce compels a 
broader yet defter and the more 
punchy conception of entertainment 
values. That is why the sympa- 
thetic songiaters vi'hb, in prima 
donna manner, insist so much , for 
quietude can enjoy tlut a brief reign 
at best and are suitable chiefly for 
ihe class rooms along with the teri) 
I'xhibltionlsts. . 

A performer like White must bo 
bold, and broad and unsubtle. and 
he is all of that, disclosing at the 
same time a style of comedy and 
a sense of showmanship that should 
carry him far in the Cafe field and 
out of it: So much itor White who.<ie 
already developing following should 
make him quite a personal card. 

The show Is new with Alice 
Boulden a welcome mainstay at an 
old haunt, Olive Brady, acro-dancer 
out of "Honeymoon; Lane" and Alice 
Ridnour— still a 54th street insti- 
tution (this. In all compliment, 
Alice!) — are among other special- 
ists. There is also Adele Smith, one 
of those perched - on - the - piano 
Helenrhorganish songstresses, and 
;ust. so-so. ; 

And, of course, that crack Harold 
Leonard dance orchestra With the 
engaging Leonard murdering them 
alone with his violin sblos^ In truth, 
Leonard with his string wyrk 
makes that band Whether playmg 
for dance or concert He is. fast 
developing an admii-ation draw. 

Biz is good at the Madrid, being 
the only live spot of its type oh the 
Square. Furthermore, with the, 
Helen Morgan retirement publicity, 
and Terns Gulnah's six-week de- 
parture for Hollywood Vitaphone 
productions, all augura exception^ 
ally well for the cafe. 

What's -more, It's fully worth the 
$3 and $4 couvert. Abel. 



Log Angeles' Back Room 
Joints Open Up Again 

Loa Angeles, Sept. 4. 
Back room honky-tonks here, 
banned some months ago In one of 
the spasmodic clean up movements, 
have opened again. 

The chumps pay only a small ad- 
mission to enter, but are being 
nicked close to $20 before they get 
out. The dough is extracted by easy 
stages as the back; room stuff 
progresses. 

Here aiid There 



Kddie Harkncsis^ . playing at 
TaU's-at-the-Beach, San Francisco, 
has fenewed his contract with Vic- 
tor- Bill Morse, ace Coast trombone 
player, has rejoined Harkness, after 
being with Rube Wolf. 



Banks Kennedy, organist, now iat 
the new Palace, Marion, O. 

GREEN MILL REOPENING 

■ Chicalgo, Sept. 4. 
Green Mill, closed for six. months, 
reopens in October under manage-^ 
ment of Ralph Burke; former head 
waiter of the spot. 

Burke operated the Mill for a 
while early this year after Danny 
Cohen, stepped out. . 



Rosenthal at Lido 
Harry Rosienthal, with ID men, 
will be at the Cliib Lido, New Yprk, 
.when It reopens Sept. 25. Rosita 
and Ramon will be dance features. 

ROsehthal's band succeeds a 
Meyer Davis orchestra. 



Jack Kelly Becomes M. C. ' 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 
Jack "Peacock" Kelly, formerly 
leader of the Np,vy Pier band, will 
alternate as ni. c. between the 
Harding and Senate theatres. 
He replaces Al Belaisco. 



Cafe Owner Murdered 

At Wheel of Auto 

M ilwaukeie, Sept. . 4. 
Forced against the curb by an- 
other machine while driving homp 
with his wife, Tony Kuzmanovlch, 
wealthy local cafe owner, was shot, 
to death. Kuismanovich, proprietor 
of the TE Kay, eating place for the 
profession, aa ' well aa a hang out 
for race track touts and petty poli- 
ticians, . recently was freed after 
serving eight months on a liquor 
charge. 

According to police the shooting 
was the result of a fight for the 
beer running rights In this district. 
The killers made a getaway. 



Whitetnan Concert Oct. 7 
Paul Whlteman opens his concert 
I season at Carnegie Hall« Oct. 7. 



SUIkret at $100,000, 
Victor's Synchronizer 



Nathaniel Shilkret is now under 
the Victor Talking Machine Co.'s 
management with an arrangement 
guaranteeing him $100,000 a year, 
against which Shilkret draws $1,000 
a week fof his exclusive services to 
Victor. This places the talking ma- 
chine company in the position of 
being the bandmah'a manager and 
supervising all his activities. 

Shilkret is still active with Vicr 
tor in the recording laboratory, but 
ho longer selects songs for record- 
ing, a duty about which he. has 
been subjected to criticism from 
many sources. Qliff Cairns, and a 
committee now concerns itself with 
the selection of songs for recording, 
leaving Shilkret unhampered for 
picture synchronizations and scor- 
ing, as well as radio and composi- 
tion. 



Coast Club After Tex 
And Has Max Fisher 

Los Angeleii, Sept, 4. 
Cotton Club, Culver City, opor- 
ater by Frank Sebastian, and until 
Roscoe Arbuckle came to ' town, 
a cleanup With colored revues, will 
change Its policy to fight opposi- 
tion; . ■ ^ ". ■' ' 

Sebastian is negotiating for 
Texas (Suinan to open there, Sept. 
12, for' four weclcs at a reported sti- 
pend of $3,000 weekly . and a cut' 
on the converts. A white floor show 
will surround T6X. 

Max Fisher's Band from "Good 
News" has already been booked and 
if the Guinan deal flops Sebastian 
may get Benny Rubin tp double 
from the Egyptian, Holly wood. 



ST. REGIS DANCE STARS 

Fowler and Tamara open shortly 
for the winter season at tiie St. 
Regis as co-stars with Vincent Lo- 
pess's orchestra. 

Rosita and Ramon, at the Fifth 
avenue hostelry all summer, are en 
tour with "New Moon" (musical) 
and become the star attraction at 
the Club Lido, with Harry Rosen- 
thal's orchestra, opening Sept. 2S. 



LEADING ORCHESTRAS DIREaORY 



IRVING AARONSON 



and HIS COMMANDERS 

Pavillion Royal 
on Merrick Road. Lynbrook, L. |. 



OMtllllan Gardens 

Harold I.>«onard Or 
cuff O'Rourke 
Revue 

CMtllllan floral 

Hotsy Tbtar 
N T'Q ReT 

ChateAo Madrid 
Harold Leonard Oir 
Al B White 
Keller Sla & liynch 
Don & Jerry 
Allc« Rldnour 
Mary Lee 
Joey Wasataft 



Clob Monterey 

Bunny Weldon Rev 
Carol Boyd Orch 

l^onnle'a Inn 

Sam Manning Rev 
Leroy Tlbbs Orch 

FriToUty 

N T G Rev 
Tom Timothy Bd 



Hotel Ambaetador 

France* Mann 
Fred Carpenter . 
Van der Zanden' Or 

Hotel BUtmore 
Madl'ne Northway 
Oeo' Chile* 



B Cummine': Or 
Leverlch Towers 

Brooklyn 
Mel Craig Orch 

Oakland's Terrace 

Will Oakland 
Landau's Bd 

Park Central Hotel 
Charlotte "Ayres 
Rudolph Mallln>ff 
Radio Franka 
Sybley & Steel 
Wm ScottI Orch 

Pelham Heath Inn 

Hal MIxon 
Roy Mack's Rev 



St. Bests Hotel 

Vincent Lopez Or 
jtoslta ft Ramon 

SaloD Boyal 

Texas Ouinan 
Tommy Lyman 
BlEelow & Lea 

Silver Slipper 

N T O R e*^ " ^ 
Jimmy Carr Orch 

Bmall's Paradiss 
Chas Johnson Bd 

Woodnaansten Inn 

Vincent. Lopes Or 



CHICAGO 



Alabam 
Dale Dyer 
Lew Klriff 

Balph Bart 

Brnlo Adler 
Bddle South. Bd 

' Collere Inn 

Cloyd Grlswold 

Orlentnl-Davis 

Lioomls 2 
Suzanne France 
Amllo & Juvlta- 
Dpila Steppers 
Abe Lyman Bd > 
Sol Wagner Bd 

Oolden Pumpkin 



Myrtle Lanstns 
Irene Gcorsra 



Mary King 
Texas Redheads 
Joe Martinez Bd 

Kelly's SUbles 

King Jones 
Charley Alexander 
Johnny Dodds' Bd 

Lantern Cafe 

Freddy I>e Syrette 
Georere Taylor 
Betty Tascott 
Gladyce Kllday 
Harriet Smith 
Al Wftsrner Bd 

Samovar 

Olive O'Nell 
Carroll & Gorman 
Jofffer SlS" - " 
Fred Walts Bd 



Terrace. Qnrdeu 

C'rmlne Dl Glov'nnl 
Spike Hamilton Bd 

Turkish Villnxe 

Al GauU 
Jack HnmtUon 
>jlleen Tanner 
Marf^le Ryan 
Freddie Janlo Bd 

Vanity Fair 

Larry Vincent 
Adele "Walker 
Jane McAllister 
ratsy Snyder 
Leo Wolf Bd 

ROAD 

OellB 

Bddis^^eiirrord^^^^ 

Allan Snyder 



LaMarr & Joalne 
Coon Sanders Bd 

Garden of Allah 
Harry Moons 
Josephine Taylor 
Rose Wynn 
Hank Llshln Bd 

Lincoln Tavern 
A! Handler 
Eddie ColUna 
Ercells 81b 
Frank Leonard 
Charlie Straight Bd 

Villa Venir* 
Vlctroff 
Angellta 
Dooley 2 
IClrby De Oaso 

Ai^^Bsinsmf- R«y 

James Wade Bd 



PHILADELPHIA 



Club Uda 

Broadway Follies 

CInb HadrU 

Cblo Barrymora 
Velos Tolande 



Jean Wallln 
Jocely LyI* 
Maroella Hardle 
Pauline Zenoa 
Buddy Truly 
Joe Cahdullo Orch 



PlocadUly 
Al Wohlman 
Murray Sis 
Jean Oaynor 
Isabella Dwan 
Mattie Wynn* 



Al White 
Aveada Chsrkoula 
Abe Ballnger's Rsv 

Waltoa Boot 
Charlls Crafts 
LeRoy Smith Orch 



Negro Jazz Opera 

"Voodoo," a negro jazz opera. Is ] 
to be given at Palm Garden, New 
York, sept, 10. 

It will be staged under the per- 
sonal direction of Prof. L#awrence 
Freeman who for years has been 
striving to get a downtown theatre | 
for the event- 



PfllLFABEiiO 1 



and His 

ORCHESTRA 

LOEWS 7th AVENUE THEATRE 
New York City 



AAAONSOH ON L. L 

Irving Aaronson's Commanders, 
closing: a Ave weeks' stay at the | 
Odo Venice, Saratoga, Saturday, 
were signed for. a week at the Pavil- 
ion Royal, K I. They opened Mon- 
day. 

Band goes Into . rehearsal next | 
week , with the Irene Bordonl show. 
"Paris.- 



MAL HALLETT | 

AND HIS ORCHESTRA 
New England Dance Tour 

. Peroan ent A ddress; 
OilABLE;! SiiBIBHAN, Hanac^^ '. 
SALEM. MASS. 



THE ORIGINAL 



DINTY MOORE 



FialMi' at Green Mill 

Chlfeago, Sept. 4* 
Buddy Fisher, former m. c. and 
band leader^ goes Into the Green 
Mill when It opens next month. 

There will also be a smatll floor | 
show. 



now at 
ARTHUR MacLEAN'S 

HUNTER ISLAND INN 
Pelham Shore Road, N, Y. 



Abo Meyer Freelancino 
Abe Meyer, individually, has left I 
RCA Photpphone, Ino., to freelance] 
with all riound makln^r Aim com- 
panies, 

Meyer, Ino, now wbrks with | 
Photophone. 

^Woodi ng^iii ..Vienna. 



GEORGE OLSEN 



AND HIS MUSIC 
rEATUBUD IM 

"GOOD NEWS" 

OHANIM'S 40^ STREKT THEATBB 

vnw iroBK CITS 

OCaee: SO West 43d Street 
Now York City 



Sam Woodlng'a band (colored), 
now in Berlin, will play two weeks 
in Vienna followiac their present 
engagement. 



PARISIAN RED HEADS 



New Negro Ballroom 
Anotber Negro ballroom, la the 
Alhambra theatrs buildlnar on Sev- 
enth ave., is set to op^ Oct t. 



Americans Greatest Girl Band 

Week 8epL 2: Palace, MilwaukMi 

Permanent Address 
M W99i Nortb St., UdUaavollsk bid. 



FROM DETROIT 



JEAN GOLDKETTE 



Orchestras 

VICTOB BBCOBDS 
Office: B12 Book Tower 
DETROIT 



SAMUEL HEGGEN 



lieadlns a Great UUIe Band 

ProQtor's 86th Street 

NEW YORK CITY 



VINCENT LOPEZ [ 



and His ORCHESTRA 

Exclusive Brunswick Artist 

WOODMANSTEN INN 
Pelham Parkway, N. Y. 



CHARLIE MELSON 



The Maestro of Ceremony 
and His Bands 

Stanley, Jersey City 
Branford, Nevyark 



PAUL WHITEMANl 



And HIS GREATER ORCHESTRA 
On Dance Tour ' 
156P BROADWAY, N. Y. C 
DlreeUon wni.T.iAM MORRIS ■ 



IF YOU DONT 
ADVERTISE IN 
VARIETY 
DONT ADVERTISE 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



MUSJC-RADIO 



VARIETY 



57 



70 Stations, Coast to Coast, 

Record Commercial Hook-Up 

B. A. Rolfe Gets Plum at $3,750— Must Play Only 
Jazz and Dance — "Old Time" Music Favored— ^' 
Concert Stuff Oiit 



A new use for the Lucky Strike 
testimonials which have been pub- 
lished In the form of neWspaper 
advertisements will be made on a 
commercial radio tie-up starting: 
Sept. 15 with B, Ai Rolfe and his 
orchestra slb the band 'Attraction. 
Lucky Sti'lke (American Tobacco 
Co.)., which was a pioneer trade 
exploiter many years aero, has Rolfe 
set at $3,750 a week for 35 men, 
this cost including a corps of four, 
special ^arrangers. 

Douglas, Fairbanks and Anrielia 
Earhart, the aviatrix, w^ill have their 
testimonials read on the first pro- 
gram. Because so many of the 
celebs' voices sound poor on the air, 
th lis . compromise is resorted to, 
otherwise Lucky Strike would have 
favored an additional expenditure 
for the personalities' own "appear - 
, ances" on the air. 

The Rolfe engagement is the prize 
plum of commercial radio/ consider- 
ing the 70 station coiast-to-coast 
tie-up. This is the first time the 
NBC network goes clear to Callfor- 
.nii, the WJZ and WEAP stations 
Jjelhgc distinguished in the past as 
blue iwid red networks with the 
west coast chain known as the 
oraiiige network; AH are combined 
for the first time on behalf of what 



will be radio's, most pretentious and 
costly network. 

One specification to Rolfe Is that 
dance music aiid dance music alone 
must be peirformed on the air. 
Everything must be in the contem- 
porary Jazz or waltz tempo. No 
^concert Interludes are wanted. 

Another request has been that 
each program must comprise at 
least 30 per cent, "old time" music. 
Rolfe is still at the Palais D'Or 
restaurant. New York, where he re- 
opened Labor Day and . is signed- 
until next June. It was at the 
Palais that Rolfe's revivals of old- 
time favorites brought him to such 
favorable attention. 

The 70 -station network has been 
equalled only for ' special occasions 
like championship prizefights, presi- 
dential speeches or other notable 
news events, the top radio commer- 
cial network being less :than half 
that. Rolfe's nightly "circulation," 
it is estimated, will be 25,000,000 
people. 




A CHOP HOUSE 
OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT 

l$6-8 WEST 48TH STREET 
II I ' East of Broadwa|r 



ROY SMECK 

Wizard of the Strings 

Vitaphbne and Recording 

Artist 

Hollywood Theatre 

Detroit 

Week Sept. 2 
USES B & D 

SILVER BELL 
BANJOS 



48-PaBe Ills. Banjo Catalog Free 

THE BACWTbANJO CO. 

INCORPORATED 

GROTQN, CONN. 




from the 

New 1928 Earl Carroll's 
"Vanities" 

"Blue Shadows" . 
""Once in a Lifetime'' 



-it 



Sing Them — Play Therrt — J 
Buy Them • 

RpBBiNs Mvsic CorforaxionE 





WGY Experiment 

Schenectady, N. T., Sept. 4- 
WGT, broadcasting station of the 
General Electric company, has been 
sending program through the air on 
a gradually decreasing kilowatt 
niaxlmum, starting with 50 an^ 
dropping to five as an experiment. 

This has resulted in difficulty as 
some owners of smaller sets have 
been unable to get the programs 
as the kilowatt power dropped. The 
radio engineers said this was done 
to demonstrate why programs 
should be sent out on a certain 
wave for the benefit of listener's in 
all parts of the country and some 
of them think a maximum of five 
kilowatts is sufficient. 

WGY Will return to SO kilowatts 
this week because they have re- 
ceived many letters urging it. 



Davis Buys "Names" 

Washington, Sept. 4. 

M*yer Davis is to use "name" 
bands In his Swanee balirpom here 
this winter. Ten such combinations 
have already been booked, these 
including Ted Weems, Ray Miller, 
Al Katz "Kittens," and Charles 
Dornerberger. 

Davis Is now buck on his regular 
weekly schedule between New York,, 
Philadelphia and here. 

Mrs. Davis, with the da.ughter, 
Virginia, sailed on the "Belgenland" 
last week for six •\.eekg in Europe, 
with her sister Madame Pierre Mon- 
teux, wife of the noted orchestral 
conductor. 



' MAY CUT WEC TIME 

' W.isliington, Sept. 4. 
Everything is practically set now 
with the radio commission for the 
grand shake-up in stations, with 
Washington scheduled to lose WRC, 
of the National Broadcasting Co., as 
a full time proposition. The change 
also entails putting this station, 
whIcH does air the goyernrnent 
official broadcasting, on a split wave 
with WMAL. This will release the 
wave length now used by WRC to 
KFI in Los Angeles. 



CLAEKSON CONTRIBUTINa 

R. p. Clarkson, one of radio's spe- 
cialists In a new.spaper way, has 
been signed to contribute weekly 
comment under hia signature to the 
Saturday radio section of the New 
York Sun. 

Clarkson'.s ."stuff is to have a per- 
sonal touch. 



TITLE WBITEE'S THEME SONG 

Los Angeles, ScjJt. 4. '. 
William H. Kernfll, title writer for 
Fox, wrote the theme song for 
"Mother Knows Best" (Fox). Song 
will be pubHshed under the title of 
■"Sally^f„.My_Drx-a ni s." 



Film Song ''Fixing" 



Already the angles are be- 
ing worked on picture theme 
^ongs. Sotae film executives 
are getting ..''theirs" on a 
royalty cut . for okaying the 
official- tleups with feature 
pictures by songwriters anx- 
ious to> cash in on the vogue. 

As high as six cents, royalty 
Is being paid one team of com- 
posers whtf have clicked with 
thematic hits, one-third of 
which goes to a higher-up for 
seeing that the synchroniza- 
tion insures sufficient reprise 
plugs for the theme number. 



Stark New WHAM Announcer 

. Rochester. N. Y., Sept. 4. 

Lewis C. Stark in the new an- 
nouiiciir at WHAM, 

F. W. ReynnklP. publicity rlirector, 
also hoenme.s he;ul of the new piihli.i' 
relMiions ()'»fi;i i tDu-nt. 



kswicksNew 
Lineup; Records 
For Photophone 



Under Frank S. Homing's direc- 
tion, the . Brunswick Recording 
Laboratories in New York have been 
completely reorganizing its tech, 
nical, exploitation and sales dep£irt- 
ments. 

Always a good record producer, 
Brunswick never Quite plumbed the 
sales depths. This resulted in Hom- 
ing's commission to takei, charge, 
succeeding W. A. Brophy, who Is 
now in the brokerage business, 

Brunswick has undergone an al- 
most complete change in personnel: 
Among the remaining executives are 
Jimrriy O'Keefe cuid Wllllain P. 
Wirges. Otherwise there has been 
a radical housecleaning. Roland W. 
Foster is H. Emerson Yorke's suc- 
cessor, the latter aligning with 
Paramount's sound picture record- 
ing studios on Long Island. 
' Brunswick and RCA 
Horning has about completed ne- 
gotiations for sound picture record- 
ing on behalf of RCA Photophone, 
Inc., and allied General Electric in- 
terests. 

VictOir Talking Machine Co. so far 
has done the bulk of the recording 
for all the major companies allied 
with ■ the Western Electric Co. 
(Electrical Research Prqducts, Inc.). 
Victor's Camden studios are swamp- 
ed with assignments. 

Brunswick also is now marketing 
Its own radio receiving equipment 
built by RCA according to specifica- 
tions. However, RCA sets in Bruns- 
wick combination phonograph-radio 
machines are also being marketed. 

The same company plans to build 
up Its foreign, race and hill-billy 
departments, the former proving a 
vast source of income, A record- 
ing outfit has been despatched to 
China to can Asiatic artists for In- 
ternational marketing. 



40 Weeks of MCA Bands; 
Taking Two at a Time 

John J. Faggen, managing director 
of the Rosemont ballroom, Brooklyn, 
N. Y., has contracted for 40 weeks 
of Music Corp. of America band at- 
tractions. He starts Sept. 20 with 
Jack Crawford and Al Katz and 
his Kittens, two Victor recording 
orchestras. 

MCA bands will change fort- 
nightly, with two name bands al- 
ways booked together. Others slated 
are Don Bestor^ Zez ConiTrey, Coon- 
Sanders, Charles "Dornbef^etT Fred 
Hamm, Thelma Terry and her 
Playboys, Ray Miller (marking his 
New' York return), and Sllvertown 
(iord orchestra, 

Ro.semont now broadcasts nJglitly 
via WMCA and WLTH. 



"Speak-o-Phone" Next 

Washington, Sept. 4. 

Trade-mark protection ha.s Just 
been gi-anted "Speak-o-Phone" as 
the name of a metallic disc phono- 
graph record. 

With Serial Number 268,321 the 
trade-mark is held by Speak-o- 
Phone, Inc. New York. It was 
filed June 19, 1928, with use claimed 
.sinee tlie preceding May. 1. 



ART WITH'S COMPANY 

Chicago, Sept. 4. 

Art With, Stcven.s and With, or- 
'cH(5&tra-"bookersr has -bough t -ou t^hi.s. 
partner, Vernon Stevens, and 
formed a new organization to' be 
known as the Amu,<^cmcnt .S'^rvior- 
Corporation of Chicago, 

OffU'fvR are Art With, pre.vident; 
T).'i\-i(l Kiitz, viro-iire,<ldent. anrl Ur n 
,ni;iiitiin, f-eeretary. and tr^-a.'^urer. 



Radio Rambles 

By ABEL 



Sution WLWL, the Paullst 
Fathers' broadcast central, . in Its 
etherized play criticisms views the 
Broadway stage faro through 
Christian optics in the strictest 
sense and "chk-ohks" at the pro- 
fanity and ^eroticism of the newest 
entries. Even in the line of musi^ 
cals, the ether critic finds nothing 
commondablc' and frankly states he 
can recommend nothing, not even 
"Show Boat" and "Rosalie" which 
mar an otherwise favorable impres- 
sion by sorjie lapse or another. 

"Front Page" and . "Gentlemen of 
the Press,", with their shocking 
language, are particular targets for 
the WLWL critic, and "Ringside" 
left him in bad humor. He okayed 
"Eva the Fifth," a John Golden rule 
piece, as well as. Edward Clark's 
"Relations," the . play of Jewish 
theme,' along with "The Big Pond." 



Wolfe- Baer Whoopee 

The Wolfe and Baer, yclept L. 
Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer, the 
Feist staff songwriter-entertainers, 
were making periodical Tin Pan 
Alley whoopee via ; WMCA.. Little 
wonder as to their popularity, adul- 
terating the frank plug festivities 
with consistent entertainment value 
likely to find favor generally. 



WABC h*5 a jazz band marathon 
on certain evenings, spanning a 
sizeable - radius. Harold Stern's 
Belle Claire hotel roof; Handel's 
Duck Inn out on Long Island; Cas- 
tilllan Gardens (Harold Leonard's 
orchestra) ; Martucci's Mapleton- 
ianis from Feltman's, Coney Island; 
the ' Meyer Davis unit at the Hotel 
Nassau, Long Beach, and the King's 
Tea Garden, Brooklyn chop suey, 
are some of the places ofterihg 
daAsapatioh on this station all in 
one stretch covering about three and 
a^ half hours. 



Emil Velazco from WOR,. like Liew 
White on the NBC stations, is a 
corking organ soloist. Velazco, also 
like White, do^s his stuff from his 
own . studios, and registers handily. 



Mac as a Warbler 

Samuel Jospe's Wood-Wind En- 
semble on Sunday afternoons is a 
worthy musical entry with his con- 
cert recitals. ,The Whittal Anglo- 
Persians, headed by Louis Katzman, 
are now Sunday features also on 
the NBC chain. Graham McNamee, 
baritone soloist when hot announc- 
ing, was the Atwater-Kent guest 



35,000 on Pier, Whiteman; 
Plays to 3,000, Providence 

Atlantic City, Sept. 4. 

At 50 cents a head, Paul White- 
man broke Steel Pier's- gross at- 
tendance mark by many thousands 
when 35,000 admissions were 
clocked on Aug, 25. In the evening 
alone, more than 23,000 people at- 
tended the pier where Whiteman, 
at $2,000, was playing a dance 
engagement. Pier attendants had 
not a little trouble through women 
fainting, etc., as it was plenty hot. 

■\Miiteman is In New York thiw 
week recording, opening Saturday 
at the Met, Boston, his next to last 
week for Publix on the 40-ln-5.2 
week pici ure house tour. 



Providence, Sept. 4. 
Prci'A'itfi'nee - paid $3,000 at • $1-3;. 
throw to '^ee and hear Paul White- 
man an'! Ilia band at the Arcadia, 
Aug. 30. 



i BRUNSWICK'S AUTO CHANGEB 

j Brunswick contemplates market- 
ing an automatic record changmg 
phonograph. This device on the 
Victor has. boosted the sale of rec- 
ords noticeably, the publisher«' roy- 
alty .statements giving evidence to 
this in no small meaHure. 

Some litigation is involved over 
the ba.sic p.atent of the automatic 
changer. As soon as that l.«5 atraiglit- 
ened out, Brunswick'.? m.achine will 
be m^irketed. 



artist Sunday night, registering as 
favorably with his vocalizinj,'. 



Carlton Boxill, tenor, and Taylor 
Buckley, baritone, along with Lester 
Place and Robert PaKcot-ello. piano 
te.am, comprise the Twin I'airs of 
Harmony. Their joint recitals in 
alternating duets rficommend them 
for stage Work ■ ultimately; after 
thoy have made their radio , mark 
and developed a following! 



George Frame Brown, tl\e former 
WOR bucolic comedy star. Is now' 
a WP2AF favorite, having quickly 
established hini.self with his "Real 
Folks" series. In Matt Thompklna, 
he does about the sanie character 
he creattHl for WOR's Columbia 
Broadcasting System, resulting in 
a litigation by Frame . against L. 
Bamberger A Co., the WOR station 
owners. While Brown lost, he was 
not "hampered in transplanting his 
character, creation elsewhere under 
a different label. 



JOLSON'S "SONNY BOY" 

".Sonny Hoy," theme aong of Al 
Jolson's "The Singing Fool," Vita- 
phone feature, is being published by 
10t^%-lvo,--I3roAvn:.^&:^nc.ndiiri<jM, Jjoi:,: 
Th(-«e thrc(5 writer.s, wllh Jol.'^-on. 
compo.'ied tlie, nujnber. 

Df.S-n-lI .rjlHo j)utiMHh.'H ' Aru'cl.-i 
Mi;i," the current tlifirt" suna of 
"Slrc-'''t Autri.'l," and "."^oineVnidy - 
Soni'- wlif-r".'' v/lji'-ii ).-• (I'-d nfi v.-i'l. 
j 'J>'f'fl f):iri'-/T," ^Ml^(| i'"'i.v jii. •■•. •( 



GUS 
ARNHEIM'S 

COCOANUT 

GROVE 
ORCHESTRA 
AMBASSADOR 
HOTEL 

LOS ANGELES 
Second Year 



THE POBMEB 

HERB WIEDOEFT 

ORCHESTRA 
MOW KMOWH AS 

JESSE STAFFORD 

And His Orchestra 

COMPLETINa SUMMER EN- 
GAGEMENTS AT EGYPTIAN 
BALLROOM, OCEAN PARK, 
CAL. 

BXCLVSIViB 

Brunswick Recording 



Leading Organists 
in New Yrok 



PAUL BRASS 

Solo Organist 

Keith-AIbee Theatres 
NEW YORK CITY 
lliankB to FRED KINSLET 



W. J. GILROY 

FKATUKING 

Organ Novelties 
PROCTOR'S 86th ST. 

NEW YORK 

JOHN GART 

TltankH to C. C. M. 
Fr«« practice arriingied for HtiidcntM 
Phone Nevens 0018 

ORGAN 

991 Uncoln I'lace, 
nUOOKrYN, N, Y. 



JACK SKELLY 

At the Wurlitier 

Keith-AIbee 

WHITE PLAINS THEATRE 
l-huniis to FHKD KINNLET 



WALTER WILD 

Feature Organist 

AT 

Keith's Hippodrome 

NEW YORK 
riiunks to FRKI) KIN.m.KV 

Hbward^arren 

r<';itare Orgnnltt »t tii4' 

Albee Theatre, Brooklyn 

Truiikg (<i FKKI) KINSl.KY 



1! 




ATLANTie 
HALL ALMOST READY I 



Will Seat 41 ,000— For Exhibi- 
tions and Athletics— Erected 
at Cost of $15,000,000 

Atlantic City* Sept. 4. 
World's largest convention hall 
.. Ifl being completed here at a cost 
that will reach $15,000,000, The hall 
Will seat 41,000 people and the ball- 
room will accommodate 5,000' more. 

The enorrnous arched structure' 
Is spotted several blocks below 
Million Dollar Pier,, taking in ari 
entire block that extends all the 
way back to Pacific Avenue. Depth 
ia comparable to New York's east 
to west blocks. There will be sev- 
eral floors, designed to house all 
manner of convention exhibits. Ma- 
chinery for the: car builders will 
hereafter be Unloaded directly from 
railroad sidings on either side 
street. 

The building will also be devoted 
to. civic and . atheltic events and 
the city commission Is seeking a 
program that will place the build- 
ing on a paying basis. 

Flooring is. said to be the same as 
Madison Square Garden and will 
afford an ice rink. .Major boxing 
contests are expected to be staged, 
Philadelphia" promoters having the 
Inside track. Some of the city bf- 
flces may be moved to the hall 
which will be the future headquar- 
ters of WPG, Atlantic City's broad- 
casting plant. 

The ball Is expected to further 
a building boom that will clean up 
a portion of the Boardwalk that 
has retrograded. It will probably 
open late in the fall Or early winter. 

TORONTO FAIR DRAWS 
500,000 FIRST 4 DAYS 

Toronto, Sept..*. 

Gravy for' the Rubin & Cherry 
shows. Thirty attractions with the 
weak sisters dragging them In on 
■trong ballyhoo at the Canadian Na- 
tional Exhibition. A full 14-day 
stand this year with no 15-cent limit 
and no ban on such rackets as post- 
card and "story of my life" sales. 

Midgets leading at the b. p., with 
/ diving girls close up and a gorilla 
display getting plenty of play after 
a raft of space in the dallies. 

Gruenberg has dressed the mid- 
way up better than It ever has been 
and is keeping his iielp in good 
«rder. Not a pinch the first week, 
with this, the only Canadian stand, 
and a reduced price on Scotch just 
gone Into effect. 

Colored hoofing show not doing so 
well, and f reiik animal stuff thrown 
out. 

Whole exhibition played to 500,- 
000 paid admissions first foAir days, 
' with probability of 2,000,000 through 
the turnstiles during the fair. At 
that it's only a $500,000 gate or less, 
because the directors stick to a 25- 
cent top. 



IOWA GATE 362,000 

Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 4. 

The Iowa state fair has ■ Just 
closed with attendance at 362,000. 
This mark is 68,000 less than the 
record set In 1927 fair, which 
record was the Ifirgest paid at- 
tendance of any eight day fair in 
America. 

Three days of - rainy 'weather is 
one cause for the diminished 1928 
attendancie. Also, in 19"27 the at- 
tendance was stimulated consider- 
ably by the first visit of Colonel 
Charles Lindbergh. 



For Current Week (Sept. 3) When 
Not Otherwise Indicated 
B. &; B. Ani. Co. (Fair), Clint- 
wood, Vn. 

Barkoot Bros., Winchester, Ind. 
Barnhart, Macy, Algona, la. 
Barnctt & Schutz (Fair), Os- 
borne, Kan. . 

Bee Am. Co,, Talahina, Okla.; 10, 
Poteau. 

Benton Am. Co:, Fowler, Ind. 
Brodbeck Ami Co., Burlington, 

Kan. » . 

Brodbeck Bros,, Coldwater, Kan. 
Brown & Dyer, Galax, 'Va. 
' Bruce Greater (Fair), TImonium, 
Md. > 

Bunts, W. J., Bond, Ky. 
Central States, Oil City, Pii. 
Cetlin & Wilson Shows,. Wise, Va. 
Coe Bros. (B'air), Dyersvlllis, la. 
Coleman Bros., Hartford, Conn. 
- Craft's Greater, Visalia, Calif. 
Dixieland, Fairfax, Okla. 
Dodson's World's Fair, Elkhorn, 

Wis. ' . 
Endv Shows, Noi-folk, va. 
F A F. Am. Co., Blaqkstone, Va. 
Fairly, Noble C, (Fair), Ottawa, 
Kan.;.10.,7Vlhita. ■ ^ . . 
Fleming, Mad Cody, Covington, 

Ind. ■ ■ 

Francis, John, Coffey ville, Kan. 
Galler's Am. Co., Harrison, O. 
Gibbs, W. A., Cedar Vale, Kan. 
Gloth Greater, Woodstock, Va.; 
10, Kenbridge. ' 
Gray, Roy, No. 1, Quinlan, Tex. 
Gray, Roy, No, 2, Taleo, Tex. 
Greenburg Am. Co., Schuyler, 

Neb. . ■ 

Gruber's Famous, Harrisburg, Va 
Hamcij, Bill H., No. Lone Oak, 

Tex. •' - ' 
Happy land (Fair), Big Rapids, 

Mich. . . • 

Harry, J., Six, Albion. Ind. ■ 
Heller's Acme, New Rochelle, 
N J. 

HenTce's Attrcvctions (Fair), Mar-, 
quette, Mich. . 

Hoffner Am. Co., Peoria, 111. 
Imperial Greater (Fair),- Smith 

Center, Kan. _ . , 

international Art. Co., Roberva,!, 

.,Isier Greater (Fair), Atlantic, la.. 
Kelly's Am. Palace, Mullins, S. C. 
Ketchum's, K. F., Beckley, W. Va. 
Krause Greater, Cynthiana, Ky. 
Laughlln, J, W., Mt. Olive, 111. ^ 
Latlip, Captain, Weston, W. Va 
Leggette, C. R., ..Carnegie, Okla.; 
10, Anadarko, 
Llppa Am. Co., Petoskey, Mich 
Little's Expo., Winchester, O. 
McClellan, J. T. (Fair), Greeley, 

Neb.- ■ . ■ 

MacGtregor, Donald, Altus, Okla. 
Mason's Imperial, Manassas, Va. 
Miller, Ralph R., (Fair), Ada, 
Okla.. ^ 

Monarch Expo.,- Plattsburg, N. T 
Murphy, D. D., (Fair), Vincennes, 

Ind. ■ ' 

Nations Expo., Valley Falls, Kan 
Nelson Bros., Great Bend, Kan. 
Oklahoma Ranch (Fair), Taloga, 
Okla, ■ 

Page, J. J., Expo., Clinton, Tenn.; 
10, Morrlstown. 
Poole, H. B., Bryan, Tex. 
Reiss, .Nat (Fair), Rutland, Vt. 
Rice Bros., Trenton, Tenn. 
Rock City (Fair), Hodgenville, 
Ky. 

Roya American, Oskaloosa, Minn 
Rubin & Cherry, Toronto, Ont. 
Rubin & Cherry Model, Detroit, 

Mich. ^ -r , V 

Savidge, Walter, Am. Co., Leigh, 

Neb. . V « * 

Spencer, Sam. (Fair), Smethport, 

Pa. 

Stone^ W. T., Pottsville, Pa. 
Sutton, Greater, Lockwood, Mo. 
Tldwell, T. J., (Fair), HoUls, 
Okla. _ 

Wade, R. H., Am. Co., Pomeroy 
Fair.. O.; 10, Shawnee. 
Wade, 'W. G., Hastings, Mich 
West's World's Wonder Shows, 
Staunton, Va. 
Williams, Ben, Houlton. Me. 
Work Am. Co., Clymer, Pa., 11, 
Indiana, Pa. . , 

Wortham's, Clarence A., Lincoln, 

Neb 

Ze'lger, C. F., United (Fair), 
Filer, Id. • • 



Syracuse Fair Flop^ 
Shelve 2-Week Idea 



Syracuse, N. T„ Sept. 4. 
A net profit of approximately $50,-" 
000, but. from the attendance stand- 
point, the New York State Fair Is 
still a fiop. , „ 

In fact, so much that all plans for 
the extension of the exposition from 
one to two weeks next year have 
been shelved by Director .J. Dan 
Ackerman. • ■ , „_ 

The responsibility for the disap. 
pointing patronage Ackerman places 
Slrectly at the door of Syracuse, 
and "its merchants and manufac- 
turers who refuse co-operation. ^ 
Syracuse Day, observed on. Mon- 
day, the exposition's opening day, 
gave the two weeks fair move a 
solar plexus blow. Heretofore, when 
Syracuse Day has proven a bloomer 
—as it usually has— the fair offi- 
cials and the city blamed it on the 
inclement weather. This year, the 
fair opened with Ideal weather con- 
ditions, and the fair headquarters 
early in the niorhing predicted an 
opening day crowd of 100,000. 

Despite a strong rosteir of attrac- 
tions, the first, day attendance ac- 
tually was only 28,159. With Sena- 
tor Charles Curtis, Republican vice- 
presidential nominee, present on 
Tuesday, there was only 21,103 ad- 
missions. Gov. Alfred E. Smith, 
Democratic standard bearer, how- 
ever, swelled the draw to 49.637 on 
Thursday. Politicians found food 
for thought . In the figures. 

Grange Day on Wednesday at 
tracted 46,047, Fami Machinery Day 
on irriday brought 29,349 and the 
motor racing card on Saturday was 
responsible for the fair's biggest 
day, with 50,824 admissions. 

The State Legislature recently 
passed a bill enabling the fair to be 
in session oh Labor Day, and it. had 
been planned to start the two weeks 
program next year, featuring the 
Grand Circuit races the second 
week. 

To local theatres, which, on the 
basis of week-end business, had an- 
ticipated a golden week, the fair 
period was mostly a disa:ppointment 
Fire on the closing day de- 
stroyed the large tent housing 48 
freak animals and threatened the 
entire line of 20 odd tents of the 
Besnardl Shows, forming the ex- 
position's midway. Thomas Evans, 
of B^iltlmore, owner of the animal 
exhibit; placed the loss at. $1,000 



MRS. HANNAH CHAPLIN 

Mrs. Hannah Chaplin, 61, mother 
of Charles and Sidney Chaplin, died 
at the Physicians and Surgeons' 
Hqspltal, Glendale, Cal., Aug, 28, 
after an illness of two months. 
Charles was at his mother's side 
when she died. 

Mrs. Chaplin was born in London, 
and her stage name was Lily Har- 
ley. She achieved success in light 
opera with Gilbert and Sulliyan, 
Her husband, Charles Chaplin, wis 
a prominent protean actor on the 
Continent and England. He died 30 
years ago when his son, arid name- 
sake was but nine years old. 

The mother of the comedian cantie 
to the United States in 1921. Owing 
to the fact tiiat she was suffering 
from shock, the result of air raids 
during the war, there was some dif- 
ficulty over her admission. This 
was removedvwhen her sons signed 
bonds, and these have been renewed 
fegularly. She later recovered her 
health. Mrs. Chaplin made her home 
oh the Lankershlm ranch of Syd 
Chaplin where she was accompanied 
by a companion and nurse. 
Syd Chaplin is in France. 



accident, died In a hospital at Hy-^ 
aiinis, Mass., Aug. 22. 

Rose h^d been with a number of 
legit plays, but much of his career 
had been spent In stock. His start 
in stock was at Rochester, N.. Y., 
where he worked for George Cukor 
and George Kondolf, Jr., at the 
Lyceum. At the time of his death 
he was appearing with a summer 
company in Hyannis. 



MAGGIE FERRIS 

Maggie. Ferris; 63, died Aiig. 28 
of cancer in the Coney Island Ho.<3- 
pita.1. She worked In vaudeville 
arid later with different repertoii;e 
companies.. 

"When Miss Ferris retired she took 
lip cSmmerclal work. Recently she 
was employed as a caretaker of 
bathing suits at Steepleohaise Park 
(Coney Island). Funeral was held 
Aug. 31. under a.uspices Actors' 
Fundi with Interment In Evergreen 
Cemetery, Brooklyn. 



- EDITH BARKER 

Edith • Barker, 53, actress, died in 
Croton Falls, N. T„ Aug, 29. She 
was born, in Pittsfield, Mass. 

Miss Barker had been on the 

'ill Memory of Our Dear Brother 

DAVE FRANKLIN 

Who 'passed awivy Augr. 81, 1928. 

Always remembered by his lov- 
ing family. 

Sidney A. Franklin (MX BOY) 
Mrs. .Vera Jfranklln I.ipsky 
aiarle I'ronkUn Moroe . 
Flor ence Frhnklln IJtcke 

stage 25 years, making her debut 
with E. H. Sothern in "Change 
1 Alley." 

In private life Miss Barker was 
known as Edith Maria Barker Dun- 
ca;n. A sister, ■ living in Pittsfield, 
survives., . 



EDWARD W. ROSE 

Edward W. Rose, 24, legitimate 
actor severely injured in an auto 



4 HURT IN DOME COLLAPSE 

Lo's Angeles, Sept. 4, 
Three Vromen and a child were 
injured Labor Day when the dome 
of one of the buildings at the Pacific 
Southwest Exposition at Long 
Beach collapsed. 



JAMES CHATAM 

Jim Chatam, male half of Crowley 
and Burke, was. stricken with heart 
disease and died in Detroit, Aug. 25. 
He Is survived by his -wife, mother 
and father, who reside in Oakland, 
Cal. 

. - Chatam was a Spanish War vet- : 
eran, and burial,, at Roseland Ceme- 
tery, Detroit, was held with miU- 
tary honors. 

MRS. LILLIAN HUGHES 

Mrs. Lillian Hughes, wife of 
Fi-ank Hughes (Frank Hughes and 
Girls), died in Harriman, N. T., from 
a broken back she suffered in an 
automobile accident about three 
months . ago. Mrs. Hughes was 33 
years old, and will be burled In 
Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 



Inside Staff-Music 

(Continued from page 56) 
vanla Mask and Wig productions, was the pioneering modern jazz or- 
chestra toi record for the telkera. Ballard with his U. of P. collegiate 
band made three short subjects canned by the Talking Picture Co., 
New York, in 1920 and exhibited In Town Hall at that time. The others 
were Sir Harry Lauder and Six Brown Brothers. 

Ballard had forgotten about the sigrniflcance of the pioneering phase 
until Fred Waring (Waring's Pennsylvanians) and Louis Bernstein, 
music publisher, recalled the fact at a luncheon. It came to Waring's 
attention when he viewed It in a California theatre where it was ex- 
hibited In contrast toi present day recordings. Nelson Kellar (Waring's 
band) and Ted Weems, were then in Ballard's undergraduate orchestra. 

Song Around Grange 
A special song, '1 Never Believed in Lucky Numbers," has been 
written arourtd Red Grange's famous gridiron, numerals, 77. The foot- 
ball star is now in vaudeville. 



GEORGE W. HOWARD 

George W. Howard, 55,' Equity 
representative attached to New 

In Memory of. 
My Dear Treasure 

DAVE FRANKLIN 

"Who passed away Aug. 31, .1028. 

Win always be mourned by his 
devoted slsler-in-law. ... 

Violet McKee Franklin 

York headquarters, died Aug. 26 of 
septic poisoning following amputa- 
tion of a leg. Infection started in a 
toe Which was cut in paring a corn.- 
For 30 years he w,as a well known, 
legitimate actor playing- leads In 
Frohman productions. 



Ambitious Colored Golfer 

Louis Corbin, 22, colored lad, is 
the pro at a trick nine hole course 
in back of the hotel at St.; George's, 
Bermuda. Louis thinks he is good 
enough to compete in the British 
open next spring. 

Corbin entered . the American 
open event but his entry was turned 
down because of his color, it was 
Bald. Ah American pro, quartered 
on another. Bermuda course, beat 
Corbin In match play but Louis is 
undeterred. 



Marathoners Wed 

Watertown, N. Y., Sept. 4 
After hoofing It together for 79 
hours in a Marathon dande . that 
was : held at the Revera dancing 

I pavilion near here. Miss Eunice 
Killiin, 36 Wise block, formerly of 

I Utiica, N. Y., and Edward Keerte, of 
Utica, a professional marathon 
dancer, found that they could not 
do without Qne another so they took 
out a license at the City Clerk's 

lofllce in this city and were married. 

Girl dropped out after 79 hours 
and Eddie got himself another part- 
ner and started In the grind again. 

I He finished second in the derby and 
received $100, 



CIRCUSES 

101 Ranch 

^= Septi- 5r - Limar--0. ;.^6, J*lflUaL J?j^ 
ChlUlcothe; 8, Ironton; 10, Charles- 
ton, W. Va.; 11, Huntington; 12, 
MaysvlUe, Ky.; 13, Lexington; 14, 
Harriman, Tenn.; 16, Chattanooga. 
John Robinson's 
Sept. 6, Columbus, Ga.; 6, Albany; 
7, Valdosta; 8, Waycross; 10, Charl- 
ton, S. C. . ». . 

Sells Floto 
Sept 5, Petaluma, Calif.; 6, Val- 
lejo; 7, Son Jose; 8, Monterey. 



Polychrome Romance 

=^"^^" New- Brlta1nT^Conn;r Sept.=^^-"^4.-^ -- 
Sadie Anderson, 33, billed with the 
Coleman Shows as . the "Woman of 
Many Colors," and Fred Karno, 33, 
vaudeville performed with the 
shows, have filed marriage Inten- 
tions in this city. 

She is In' the records as "colored." 
[Her skin is of three colors. He is 
white. She speaks 27 languages. 



Eight in on Surprise Number 

At least five publishers— there are eight altofeether, 'it is said— are 
known to be publishing editions of a no"n-copyrighted doggerel, "Halle- 
lujah! I'm a Bum," which came to attention via the radio and the singing 
orchestras. 

It was originally published In some book collectioh and caught on 
"maf icaiiy ever lilght;^ become another "Prisoner's Song." 

Being a non-copyright, the mechanicals are. paying no royalties but the 
sheet music sales are gotod and each of the five known publishers are 
cashing in. They are Jack Mills, Bibo-'Bloeden-Lang, N. W. Swisher of 
Philadelphia, Villa Moret and P. B. Havlland. 

The Victor record is credited with furthering the sales. 

Town's High School Trip 

A single class in West High school, Jackson, MI<5h., claims the honor 
of tui-nlng out three people, twd boys and ai girl, now quite prominent 
in pictuVe houses. . 

The boys. Monk Watson and Del Delbrldge, are now m. c.'s. The 
girl is Mrs. Ed Werner, chief organist at United Artists, Detroit, and 
the wife of the Michigan theatre's conductor. All went through school 
and graduated together. 

Song For Janette Gilmoro 

With a view to the foreign music market, particularly Australia, 
Lawrence Wright, the music publisher, is dedicating "Janette," a new 
song publication, to Janette Gllmore, the American star of "Rio Rita" 
in Sydney. _ 

Home Movies Show Hostess' Error 

Joe Moss, New York manager for Meyer Davis, proved an East Hamp- 

^tonr=L, rI.,..;dawjig.exL;.ln^-_ejtxoii^ 

the aid of home movies. The social campaigner had Moss at the helm of 
the musical festivities at her daughter's coming-out party two years 
agp and for the wedding asked for a repetition of the same five men. 

Moss stated he had had 12 men at th© time, .After some difference of 
opinion .he recalled that the young male heir of the household was a 
hohie movie . fan and that ho recorded any and all such events on 
celluloid. After a projection of the debutante affair, the society woman 
called the Meyer Davia office to apologize and authorized the larger per- 
sonneL 



J. 0. DUFF 

J. C. Duff, 73, veteran showman, 
died, at his home in New York Aug. 
131. He was the first to introduce 
[Gilbert and Sullivan on this side and 
in recent years has been sponsor 
here of the reviving of "The Beg- 
gar's Opera." For a time he was 
manager for Lillian Russell. 



PAUL DENNO 

, Paul Denno, 42, dancer of Scanlon, 
I Denno Brothers and Scanlon, died 
Sept. 2 In a Columbus, O., hospital of 
cerebral hemorrhage. A news story 
of his death appears elsewhere in 
this Issue. ; 



Dr. Marvin Pcchner, 55, for 25 

years aittendlng phyisician for the 
jziegfeld "Follies" girls and the 
Amsterdam theatre, died Sept. 1 in 
the New York Hospital of Bright s 
disease. Besides the widow, a step- 
daughter survives. The Pechners 
had been living at Cedarhurist, L. L 

Deaths Abroad 

Paris, Aug. 27. 
Alfred Henschke, 37, German 
.author under the pseudonym of 
iKlabouhd,' died at DSIVOS, Swit'/er-' 
1 land, where he was under treatment 
for tuberculosis. 

Emma Carelli, ItaliSm opera 
I singer, killed In an auto accident 
near Lake Bolseno. 

Dr. Samuel Oppenheim, 71, well 
[known Austrian writer and n.*?- 
itronomer, died at Vienna. 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



FOREIGN 



VARIETY 



59 



London as It Looks 

By Hannen Swaf fer 



I-onrton, Aufx. 28, 

The first blow struck at perversion, . for years, has vf suited in an 
abrupt victory. 

A woman called Radclyffe iHall, who is frequencly seen In the stalls at 
first nights, dressed in semi-masculine attire, always with another 
woman similarly dressed, wrote, a few weeks ago, a book Called "The 
Well of Loneliness," in -which she pleaded for a more sympathetic at 
tltude toward abnormals and in which she dealt frankly with the same 
subject as that of. "The Captive." 

A Chance for the. Pepverts 

Even hefore the book wag published, I was .ask6d to att^ 
one who had read it telling me that/ if the novel , were fiot suppressed, 
the peirverts of London would, at last, conie but into the open; . 

Heaven knows, they have been cocky enougjh for several years. They 
fiauht themselves, upb-h the stage"; they parade themselves in . public; 
they form (jlirjiies and coteries, . They and their friends ai-e responsible 
foV much of the filth that recently smeared the London stage. 

I did not even r'ead the book, I have enough to bore me. 

A Brave Editor Speaks Out 

However, last Sunday, the editor of the "Sunday Express" deniahded 
the book's suppression. The publisher, Jonathan- Cape, sent it: to the 
Home Secretary, and the Public Prosecutor, and noy, at official request, 
he has withdrawn it, . ' . ' ., 

The authoress, in her defence, pleads for frankness about this sub- 
ject, and she talks about our hypocrisy. ; , 

Well, the truth is that if civilization vyere not hypocritical, the "queer 
people" of London, Now York, l?aris and Berlin wotild have been driven 
©■ut vears ago. They have been saved by reticence. 

. Perversion, and the Theatre 

Tou. find male and female perverts in nearly . every London theatre 
today. The. male choruses have plenty of them. 

These creatures are flaittet^ed and made a fuss of. They crowd places 
of amusement whenever one of their kind is performing. When ballet 
Is staged, you And hundreds of them in the house, unable to keep away. 

"They like to see nudes," Eric W6llhelm, :Dlaghelleff's manager, told 
me. . 

One famous author boasted at a dinner table, a, few moiiths ago, 
that he would willingly stapd up in court and admit the truth about 
himself. Another author, not so well known, told me, once, that he 
was "Cured" 'how. 

"You Cannot bo Withoui Them" 

A few years ago I asked the Wyndham management why, they had a 
notorious pervert in one of his companies. "Oh, yo'u cannot do without 
them, now," said one of the officlalSi 

The manager of a world farnoHis actress told me, that there were 
once so many male, perverts in the company he used to go Into the 
dressing rooms and say^ "GoOd evening, ladies and gentlemenj" an^J 
there was never a murmur of protest. 

The truth is, of cburse, that nobody kno'ws where it stairts and where 
It ends. We are all equally guilty in the matter, because none of lis 
dares to say a word. 

Lonsdale Wants to Act 

Frederick Lonsdale told me, a few weeks ago, that he and Sir Patrick 
Hastings had been discussing the matter, because both recognized what 
a gi'ave peril it was. Edgar Wallace hat gone to the length of making 
certain, when engaging any. actot or actress, that . he or she Is not In 
..the gang. 

•'Why don't they deport her?" I am always hearing of an American 
actress, now in London. The deportation of an American actor, who 
js now on your side, was daily expected, two years agtf. ^ 

The Problem of the Tours 

YOung David Gill, son of iSasil (Grill, the famous actor, sent me a long 
letter about three years ago/ telling of the way in which the provincial 
theatre was poisoned. A member of "The Student Pi-irice" company 
on tour was recently sent to prison for four months. 

These cases are seldom printed In the public pressi Indeed, but 
for the matter' having been raised by ' "The Well of Loneliness," my 
views on the matter might still remain In a drawer, waiting publication 
by someone with courage. 

They Are Often Cleve'r . 

The trouble with these people is they so often have! brains. So we ex- 
cuse them. Besides, many of them are very, nice people, so far as 
chance acquaintance goes. 

Soniie months ago', there was a public brawl in a hotel between two 
notorious queei* 'uns and a man who objected to obscene language being 
u.sed by them. 

The stories that rea,ch me from New York are ' just as bad. 

Worse Than the Promenade 

when the Swedish Ballet was at the Palace theatre, some years ago, 
the manager himself told me how he had to' clean out the perverts from 
the back of the auditorium. The disappearance of the promenades In 
music halls, in which women paraded, has been followed by occasional 
disorder caused by the presence there of unmentionable men. 
.Frequently, when a play by one of the younger writers is produced, 
grinning perverts of both sexes chuckle and -snigger all through. 

Call Your Perverts Home 

It is all very well for Miss Radclyffe Hall to feel sorry tor these 
people, but the truth is we have all been sorry too long. Her plea for 
frankness, I am afraid, will do . the very rev<*rse of what she hoped. 
Instead of increasing a feeling of pity. It w'ill raise the whole questio'n 
~ahd"fc)Tce' .some- action against the offenders. ■ '. „ . 

Anyway, I do wish ybu Americans would get some of your people home. 
They are among the worst offenders. When they come here, they do 
things wliich I am sure would not be tolerated on your side. 



This in Paris 



(Continued from page 2) 

or New York unless one is paying 
for an awful crime in some anterior 
life. • 

Pugilists often. hunger for knowl- 
edge. Ask Wilson Mizner about 
Stanley Ketchell? Ask Mr, Sturei.r 
about Frank Moran in London. That 
Pittsburgh plug wag a leech for 
learning. It Sometimes goes the 
other way. Lord Byron and George 
Boi'row. were both votaries of box- 
ing. \ ■; ^ ■ . 

Turiney.l Eschew the vegetorlum 
of Saint Bernard Shaw. He will 
hav6; you nibbling carrots in hlo 
whiskers. And all In the inter est of 
philosophy, 



Gentlemen, a Deity! 

I was juggling a book at the Cafe 
de la Paix. Suddenly gas enveloped 
me. Not Trom Hamburg— from ham? 
i)f the U. S. A. The vapor broke into 
words: 

"I must rot urn to the S ta tos-^to 
write two plays, to create three 
leading role-s. When I left the show 
it dropped $10,000, Roland Young 
is phantasmagoric but he can't imi- 
tate me. George Jean Nathan calls 
me the splritus of whimsicality. 
Isn't that a wonderful phrase'?" 




in Berlin 



Berlin, Aug. 27. 
Fritz Holl, former director here 
of the "Volksbuehne," is to be called 
to New York by the Theatre Guild, 
rumor hath it. Holl is supposed to 
stag© the first part of Goethe's 
."Faust," in English, for the Guild. 



The Reinhardt ad.aptation of 
"Burlesque," known here as "Artis- 
ten," will run at the Deut-schen 
Theatre until the middle of October. 
Starting Oct. 15 Goethe's "Egmonf 
will be offered with "Werner Kraus.s 
^i>la3lng.=lke=.lcadiniij:oie^,,,^ 



The othf'i- Rfinhnrdt production of 
an Amorioan play, "Drr Proze.ss 
Aiary Duguns." elo-'^es Aug. 31 after 
a long but not e.'<i)e^.ially .successful 
run. 



Perry Marmont is due here the 
beginning of September to go be- 
fore the camera on "The Adven- 



ture of a Petticoat." He is to. play 
opposite. 0;jsi Oswalda. National - 
Warner are doing the picture, hero 
and in- England. 



A German "Begg'ars Opera," bear 
Ing the , same name but obviously 
not th<^. John Gay; play, opens here 
Aug. 31 at the Theater am Schiff 
bauerdamm. Kurt Weill wrote the 
music which will be under the mil 
sical direction of Theo Maredan. 

Reinhardt troupe, returned from 
.nW.hnrjr where thoy have been per- 
' " - the cl 

start 
Sh 



Salzburg wm-re LUi-jf iifivi: 1JV1.-1I i)\-L- 

forming fur the benefit of the classic 



•spirits a.^semhlcd there, start 
hearsals soon for Bernard SI 
"Anthony and (.Meopatra." l\ 
both Bergner, at present tou 
flermany in "The La.st of Mrs. C 
nc^:'''^ilr"Co~iyiay^tl^c==pan-t--of--' 
patra.. 

As far a.'? the role of Cnoa 
concerned, tWrc. seems to bi' 
trouble. Alexander iMoi.ssi 
chDsen at first hut It Is rcj, 
all is not well betwi-f-n him an(' 
legislative departmfnt of the tr< 
The choice may fall upon Soc 
playing in "Burlesque" here. 



ro 
aw*.^ 
Iliza- 
ring 
hey- 
Cleo~ 



ar i.« 

SiiUH: 

was 
loi'teri 
th< 
ro\ip«' 
uloff. 



Still in the Stq^le 

France is. smiling at America's 
liberality to Soviet films. . The 
French . b a n n e.d "Potemkin," 
"Alother," "Bear's Wedding." "Ab- 
rek Zaur" ;and "According to La\y. ' 
The Russians are receiving a bet- 
ter break in the States. . 

Why?. The Yank Is only afrail 
of sex. "The dear and darling Puri- 
tan. Love is a monster of hideous, 
mien. Nature is a witch Jrom Af- 
rica. The Padlock La'w will saive the 
ribbon clerks. The red poison flovys 
while the green lust is stagnant. 

The deacons meet.. "Crime and 
bolshevism are not sex. Let them 
enter every school and home." 

Darwin roared, "Monkey!" Aris- 
tophanes, "Frog!" It renriained for 
Sturgis tp name the human race 
Jackass!" 



.Superman, and Everyman 

I have been travelling over' Eu- 
rope. I fled from Le "Tbuquet and 
Deauville as I swam from Leper's 
Island. The lady I wooed last sum- 
mer returned to Vepice. Vollmoel- 
ler has the lagoons all to himself. 
I sought the wine gardens near 
the Danube. There a superman was 
whiispered in the moonlight. 

"Go to Salzburg. See 'Everyman,' 
by Hug:b von Hof mannsthal. Watch 
Molssi's hands. And Reinhardt will 
invite you to the castle." 

All this Is as dead as death. The 
ghost pf the intellect in the ceme- 
tary of. an egotist. 

Reinhardt productions: "The 
Miracle," Vbllmoeller'S depradation, 
Bel Geddes' desecration. Mysticism 
on a German drunk. "Midsummer 
Night's Dream," rubber goods by 
Ernest de Weerth, Shakespeare In 
a diver's suit. "Abie's Irish Rose." 
eternal debt to Reinhardt, Kom- 
mer arid Company. . 

I drowsed In beautiful Vienna. 
Beethoven called me "anywhere, 
anywhere, out of this mess." Yet 
I should love what Is light to Otto 
Kahn and Morris Gcst. Who plays 
the devil in "Everyman"? Another 
acrobat out of work. 



CHATTER IN LONDON 



The Plaza-Tiller girls, in the 
Francis A. Mangan presentation in 
Paris, return to the Plaza, London, 
to ai)pear in the prolog to "A Little 
Bit of Fluff," in which they were 
picturized with Syd Chaplin. 



Actresses That Steo 

Eton is a public school. The soils 
of kings, dukos, actors and other 
rich men. go there. Stay till they're 
18, if tliey're good. Mustn't go out 
nights. Have to keep away from 
cabarets, saloons, and all that. 
Three of them didn't. Went to 
Bray. . With an American actress. 
Got sent home. -For good. Parents 
are very influential folk i^olitjCaUy, 
And the; American actress, who has 
a big public following, is not so 
popularwith the authorities.' Boys' 
folk pulling, stritigs.. So .octress i.-s 
likely to be told any day "the boat 
sails" Wednesday." 

.'Another! fern, also American and 
an actress in her spare time, lias 
been stiaying around several hotels 
with a fr.e."<h name each lime. L.abor 
oHlcials. .who play pretty nice a.bout 
permits and sucli, don't think this 
kind of thing so. gbod, So. Wednes- 
day's sailor may have a cpnipanlon. 
Oh, yes. Arid "a newsi aper baron, 
thrown, by. Actress Number One as 
mentioned above, is watching . hei- 
step .so he caji shoot the story if .she 
slips. 



KATE PULLMAN'S SON 




Cairo, Aug. 10. 
An enormous success was scored 
by international Lydia Johnson and 
her mu.sical, attractive and chore- 
graphic company at the Alhambra, 
Alexandria.- Thirty-flve artists, in- 
cluding eight continental girls and 
the eight Jjickson girls, have), an 
up-to-date . show with orchestra and 
jazz. ' 



Annual Gaia-'Gala 

The fourth annual Gala-Gala, 
held by the Y. M. C. A. at Gezlra, 
Cairo, presented the most success- 
ful show. The dance on the tennis 
court drew a large croWd. The Kit 
Kat Orchestra advertised but did 
not fulfill the . engagement. , The 
Revellers came to the rescue and 
carried the night with conspiclious 
success. 



'Troupe at Giza 

An operetta, in three acts, en- 
titled "Les Parties," composed by 
M. A. Sldky, was given in the gar- 
den of Pyramid Beer at Giza. Prin- 
cipal rbles were performed by M. 
Bahgat and Dolly Antolne, Exhi- 
bition of dances by the celebrated 
Zulelka. 



■ John Colton 

"The Shanghai Gesture" will be 
done in Paris. Not so momentous, 
yet'Colton is America's only drama- 
tist_.,wortby^qf Jhe name. He per- 
petrated ■'^*RaIn,''T)ui' he "W^^ 
secrate a play some day. P'Neill, 
Howard, Kblley, Pollock? Infections 
that precede the fever of genius. 

What about ?'Harai" by Colton? 
It is . his last and best play. Nature 
whirling in a vortex regarded with 
pity. What producer will challCTige 
the. hypocrite with this production 
this fall? Truth should not be 
feared and "Ilarai" conciliates the 
spirit. It mi.'jht wallop the Puri- 
tan and break the lock of Albany. 
It could do the trick — and Mr. Stur- 
gis is with the tricksters. 



Paris is all agog about th<; 
new theatre which Orson Kilborn 
has announced. According to the 
present schedule, ten or twc.'lvc of 
the most .sueci-s.sful plays running 
in New York will be produced here 
each year. On top of that visiting 
stars are expected to perform whil(i 
here. 



The cast; of'^'OjrxyaflXfriyi'^'w^ 
Wyn is mounting at the Theatre de 
la Madeleine, adopted by Cliarles 
Mere in OctobrT, will <'omprlse Pas- 
quali, Abel; Tarride, Paul Arniot, 
Germaine Reuver and Meg Lemon- 
nler. Jaoques Baiinicr will be pro- 
ducer. 



Aziz- Amir's Co. 

Aziz Amir , is recognized as the 
first Egyptiain film star. She is noW 
at the head of a film company in 
Cairo, 

A new film In production, under 
the title of "The Nile's Daughter," 
will be run in the Egyptian 
aristocratic centers. Till now 1,300 
meters have been taken in Alex- 
andria and in Cairo. The extefhail 
views will be performed in the mo.st 
beautiful places and areas and the 
Internal views 'to he produced In the 
.studio built at Ilellopolts, equipped 
with photographic appar.atuB, elec- 
tric Installations, mechanical works 
thus competing with the foreign 
studios, Considerable expenses are 
being incurred for the, production of 
this new Egyptl.in film. 



American Pictures 

At the American Cosmograph, In 
Alexandria, "Doll of Montmartre," 
excellent film In 10 parts, featuring 
Lily Damlta. "Obey the Law" ex- 
citing film. Bert Lytell. 
. In. Cairo, the American Cosmo- 
graph ~pre7s(mted~""Th"e~ Magic 'Car- 
den." "Paris in Five Days," ex- 
traordinary film in 6 parts by Pierre 
Colombler and Nicolas Rlrri.sky, In- 
terpreted by Dolly Davis, Nicolas 
Rlnisky, .Madeleine Gultty, . Pierre 
Lahry, Lout.s Monflls, Silvio de 
Pedrell, etc. Film .scored warm ap- 
plause. ." . -. • 

At Kzbekieh ■ Garden Theatre 
Cinema. j"La bonne du Colonel," 
with Svdney Chaplin; "Don Juan," 
with John Barrymore.; Zleoto, In 
"Chapeau Volant" and "T,ie Chameau 
de rArwcalypse,". with Sydney 
Chaplin. 



(Continued from page* 1) 

yenirs up to Its abrupt termination 
with the New York eugenic baby 
episode, was unabashed and candid 
about tlie new baby and the cir- 
cumstunoos attending its remarkable 
arrival. 

It's her baby and she's j^roud of 
It tor it. was born bn c'arefully . 
planned scientific lines and weighed 
more than seven pounds at birth. 
Father's name is William Diner, if 
anybody thinks that's Important, 
though Miss Pulhnan foi- herself 
doesn't regard it so. Arid he's a 
singer working .somewhere or othe.r 
in llie show business.. Where Or at- 
teiuled by wjiat success or failure 
is a matter of indifference to the 
ri\other. 

Eugenic Specifications 

The Important detail is that he's 
a perfect spociriien,- six feet in his 
s^tocklng-. feet, weighs. 190 pounds 
and a marvel of glowing, vigorous 
health ,and oversowing vitality. Clr-_ 
cumst.incesf of their association' 
could't possibly inte;rest anybody, 
but the .eugenic mother was frank' 
to outline her idea. She wanted a 
b.aby and didn't want to be encuni- 
boi'ed with a husb.ind. It was juSt 
the baby she wanted, for companion- 
ship and she intends to settle down 
to permanent miotherhood. 
. She said she will be up and about 
in a few weeks arid then will; re- 
turn tb the sta.ge with a new act. 
to which she will devote what at- 
tention she can spare from the baby. 

Roacoe Ails hag -no part in her 
future, ccrtaiiily Involving a return 
to her old . stage partnership. She 
hadn't seen him or heard from him 
lately, not since last M.arch at any 
rate. He has a new stage partner, 
and although Miss Pullman hasn't 
seen her; she figures the gal's all 
right in Ail.s' act. 

As for her.self, .she's been in Chi- 
cago all this time, quietly and care- 
fully preparing for maternity and 
nbw it's accompli.shed, will every- 
body please forget it? But it was 
nice the baby turned out to be a 
boy, wasn't it? 

Miss Pullman was formerly the 
Wife of Ed Smith with whom she 
worked- in burlesque as Pullman 
and Smith. They had a son, now 
12 years bid, who lives with Misa 
Pullman's mother in Chicago. 

The Burhham Baby 

History of the New York eugenic 
baby started with the birth of a 
daughter tb Mrs. Grace Mallhbuse- 
Burnham Jan. 10, The mother was 
then 45, and the widow of three 
yeJU'B' standing of a son of Louis 
Bernheim, millionaire brewer. She 
was reputed worth ?5p0,000 herself, 
and when the facts of her baby's 
arrival became public,, she said 
frankly she • wanted a baby with- 
out a lingering father and planned 
its birth deliberately. 

This child's birth certificate de- 
scribed the father as Karl . Graham, 
young attorney of New York, who 
turned out to be an entirely myth- 
ical person. The notoriety died 
away, only to be revived when re- 
porters, working on inside informa- 
tion, approached Roscoe Ails while 
he was playing in Reading early the 
following March, 

Ails was reported replying to 
queries, "Mrs, Mallhouse-Burnham? 
Never heard of her." And sticking 
to that story. Confronted with elab- 
orate evidence he replied criptlcally, 
"Believe It or not, I was waiting 
for a street car." 

Only the reporters hanging 
.around Reading to ' pad expense 
blHS,~f<5wrrd out that .a certain "Rosr 
coo." wired to a MVs. Burnham iri 
New "York the same evening, "Be- 
ware of reportbrs" and received a 
i-eply- In effect, "Huh, . leave the 
bloodhounds to me." 

It was when these details blazoned 
the newspapers that dissension 
arose in . the Ails act, ending when 
Miss Pullman walked a.nd Roscbe 
got a new girl partner. . 



Hauptman's One-Acter 



Berlin. Aug. 24, 
Fin;!! plans have been made, and 
a final title has been picked for 
flerhart Ilauptmann'.i newest play 
lt_ls to be called "Spuck" which in 
Tvii>;TIslTr"l3"''ST)Onk"'=orrlfH\Tri=-]bs*-n= 
hadn't tliou;,'ht of it first, "Gbosts." 

Afax' Reinhardt is to produce and 
direct ami It will be offered by the 
maestro as the first pruduclion of 
his winter sea.son. 

The pl.'iy is a ratli'-r novel type 
J for the poet: it is a one-acfr, play- 



An unsigned wire tipped Variety 
to Miss Pullman's son. 



ing about 35 minutes. The UTider- 
lylhg theme Is the inevitability, of 
fate. 

"The Bceno Is laid in a rather low 
milieu, tlio home of a small town 
mayor nt the time of the Thirty 
Years' War. Wife of the mayor had 
bren guilty of a major Indiscretion 

wl t h-a=nt;gro==aQfla.e_i'±aiLiyi?iiLJ'l'lll5l^^^ 
led to thennirder of her first hus- 
hiind, u Dutch merchant. 



Now, at this late period in' her 
life, the shades of the.p;ist come 
eroppin'g up with the fin.'il result 
(Imi she goe.s insane and kills her- 



60 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 



VARIEH'S CHICAGO OFnCE 

HAL HALPERIN in Charge 

Woods Bldg., Suite 604 
Phones: Central 0644-4401 



CHICAGO 



Professionals hav* tha fr#e us* of Variety's 
Chicago Office for information. Mail may 
be addressed care Variety, Woods BIdg., 
Chicago. It will be held subject to call, 
forwarded or advertised in Variety's Letter 
List. 



State Lake 

The ballyiioo style of exploitation 
employod by local picture house? 
might be a sood tonic for this vaude 
house. I'laying seven standard 
Keith acts with a feature a,t iJicture 
house prices, and the only theatre 
of its kind in the Loop, the State 
Xake nevertheless is not eretting 
grosses. 

Current bill is a real bargain, and 
■would satisfy anyone. From open 
to shut was a succession of hits, 
with cbm&dy attempts by two boys 
In Ann Garrison's turn the only 
shallow spot. Van Cello, opening, Is 
a novelty as a rlsley artist, and 
makes himself more novel by hoof- 
ing . the barrels in full dress. He 
has a:n assistant named Mary, who 
gets billing and smiles. Deuce act. 
Mack and Stanton, can take next- 
tp-shut In any family house with 
their comedy abput a bum. applying 
for his regular winter reservation in 
the county jail. Mack has achieved 
familiarly effective make-up, includ- 
ing the galloping stogie, and cinches 
gags by whistling all. "s's." Stanton 
Is straight as the jailkeeper. 

Charles T. Aldflch, third, was an- 
other forceful early entrant, bring- 
ing constant applause with his quick 
character changes and later getting 
: unusual humor with several false 
Ibeards that Jumped on and oft his 
pan at command. A recognized- class 
turn. Ann Garrison's miniature re- 
vue, in which she Is assisted by two 
•boys, . short and tall, was pushed 
over by several eccentric dance rou- 
tines. The boys try for laughs with 
gags that should work* but flop on 
that angle because of poor delivery. 
Correcting', handling will put the 
present material over. 

Al Mack and Gall Rossiter, using 
nutty but Svise comment on the fu- 
. tllity of being a pessimist, held the 
fifth hole without losing the pace. 
Miss Rossiter makes three changes, 
better looking each time, and knows 
how to ask a question. Mack works 
In street clothes and uses only 
skilled delivery to draw his laughs. 
Another gent who knows where to 
place his words. Eddie Borden, drew 
a curtain speech out of next to clos- 
ing. After scoring as a single "In 
one," Eddie went to full for a skit 
using three people, about a hen- 
pecked matrimonial martyr who 
gets a hypnotist to inake his wife 
Btdp talking and then shoots the 
hyp. Not much In the lines, and 
only Borden's wot-k saved It. 

Florence Myers and Ben Johns 
girls; closing; is an 11-piece sym 
phonic all-femme orchestra, featur 
Ing overture: arrangements of pop 
numbers, as Is the vogue In picture 
houses. A flash In costume and 
appearance, this outfit also has real 
musical talent and has been a stand- 
ard feature In vaudeville. 

Feature, "Love Overnight" 
(Pathe). First show Sunday fln- 
l^ed with half the orchestra filled 

Loop 

Palace 

Palace didn't seem natural this 
week— without Jack Benny. But. 
despite his absence, the house, had 
three-quarter capacity. Mulroy, 
McNeece and Ridge, fast skating 
trio, opened to perfection. Snappy 
stepping on the rollers, with roll- 
ing thrown In. 

In the deuce were the Collegiates 
Four nifty gals tickling the floor, 
and an adagio dance team (Tommy 
and Eleanor) that needs little 
Improvement. The ensemble is 
gala jamboree embodying novelties. 
Flash scenery and costumes. 

Joe Wilton and Rex Weber, pre- 
senting "Mr. America/' clicked with 
average effect, or perhaps better. 
Mr. America, with a dead pan, and 
singing minus lip movement, was 



the sensation. Paul Whiteman's 
Rhythm Boys, utilizing a unique 
opening, have, a hugo effigy of 
Whiteman at center stage, to do the 
announcing and Introductions. One 
chap, a veritable Barrymore for 
looks, the standout. Story songs, to 
hythmicai music, arid vocal Impro- 
vlslons, are their best bet. They 
have no weakness. 

Teck Murdock. has brought, his 
'Tom, Dick and Harry" company 
in from the road, nicely polished 
and well broken in. Teck is quite 
the Bin Haines, with three girls who 
live In four quaint cottages, de- 
pleted on the special drop. Girls, 
fair enough to look upon, have met 
Teck at different times, and he's 
given them conflicting stories as 
to his name. There is the usual 
complication, with Its. attendant 
laughs. 

Herman Tlnfiberg's "Varieties" are 
dependable entertainment, and an 
endorsement of the practicability of 
unit showe for vaude. Costumesf and 
equipment, arriving late, left the 
troupe to their own devices, and 
they had to get along as best they 
could. They did. A jazz band open- 
ing. Then, TImberg casting a show, 
and difficulties in hiring talent. 
Laughs. As a matter of fact, the 
Timberg" Varieties" are w^eil named. 
Songs, dances, music, pulchritude, 



MINNEAPOLIS 



(Bain- 



'.sonally handle the Hudson Uieatre 
here. 



Oliver H. Stacy, manager Majes- 
tic (Ind.), 'who broke his leg in an 

"VoiiriA-'"rh» iToreien I airplane last month, ia now able 
vauae j-ure bu i ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^ ^^^^ 



Shubert — . "Broadway' 
bridge stock). 

Hennepin-Orpheum— Vaude, "The, 

Cop." 
Pantages 

Legion." ' , ,. 

Palace— "The Cradle Sritchers" 
{McCall-Brldge tab). 

Gayety— "Burlesque Revue" (Mu- 
tual), . 

Minnesota— "The Sawdust Para- 
dise"-"Kat Kabaret" (Publlx unit). 

State — "The Patriot" - "New 
Broadway Hits" (stage). 

Lypic — "Three Ring Marriage" 
(1st half); "The Wright Idea" (2d 
half). 



week as a guild similar in purpose 
to Le Gallienne's GlVic Repertory 
Theatre. Plays of a high-brow na- 
ture are to be presented by a rep^ 
ortory company headed by Mabel 
Bunyea. 



A new theatre will be built in Del- 
mar, suburb, by S. P. Jarvls and 
Felix H. Wright. 



The Lyra, lower loop 10c grind 
house, uriwlred, used a Panatrope In 
connection with the showing of 
"The Jazz Singer" this week, run- 
ning the Jolson song records where 
the picture called for his slnffinff i Maii" and vaud* 



BROOKLYN 

By JO ABRAMSON 
Werba's Brooklyn-^"The 

Before." 

Werba's Jamaica — ^"The 
Year." 

Boulevard— "The 19th Hole." 
Majestic^ — "Paris Bound." 
Fox-^"Street Angel" and stage 
show. 

E. F. Albee— "Butter and Egg 



Night 
First 



'The New Moon," the ijew 
Schwab and Mandel operetta which 
had its premiere at the Hanna l«ist 
week and Is being held over a sec^ 
ond,. has been doing sell-out busi- 
ness. Show ran Into midnight the 
first week and. Is still being cut and 
whipped into shape... 

The Ohio, which has been playing^ 
stock, will start its winter, legiti- 
mate season next week with "'The 
Guardsman," by a New York The- 
atre Guild company with Alfretl 
Lunt and Lynn Fontanne,. 



on the Vitaphone. 



"Rose Marie," here! twice before. 
Is the next booking for the Metro- 
politan, week Sept. SO. 

■The Minnesota this week is run- 
ning its first Fox Movietone short. 
The State now is using the Fox 
Movietone news reel every week, 



and 



COR RESPOND ENCE 

All matter in CORRESPONDENCE refers to current weisk unless 
otherwise indicated. . 

The cities under Correspondence in this issue of variety lire as 
follows and on oaaesi . 



ALBANY .... 
BALTIMORE 
BROOKLYN . 
BUFFALO ... 
CHICAGO ... 
CLEVELAND 
DALLAS .... 

DETROIT 

INDIANAPOLIS 



»••■«•••••< 



• • • • I 



l' • » • t • • 





JERSEY CITY • 


63 


...60 


LOS ANGELES 


62 


... 62 


MINNEAPOLIS .............. 


63 


...60 


MONTREAL .....•.•..«.••.... 


61 


... 62 


ROCHESTER ..••.........«.■. 


62 


... 60 




61 


... 60 


SY R AC USE .««aeeeeeseee*see«e 


63 


... 60 


*T*ORO NTO • •••••eeeeseaeee^ee 


60 


...61 


VANCOUVER .......... . 


62 


...60 


WASH 1 NGTON ........... . . . . 


61 



Strand — "State Street Sadie. 
Tivoli — "Parlor, Bedroom 
Bath" (stock). 

Fulton — "My Woman" (stock). 
Orpheum — ^"Green Grass Widow" 
and vaude. 

Rivera— "Lulu Belle" (stock). 
May fair^^ — "Cradle Snatchers" 
(stock). 

Casino— "Roseland Girls" (bur.). 
Momart — "Scarlet Lady." 
Loew's Met— ^'Ramona" and vaude. 
St. George— "The Actress." 



Next, week Richard Bennett comes 
into thie . Majestic with "Jarnegan" 
and a cast of 50. Werba's Brooklyn 
indefinite as to the show for next 
week. "Keep ShufTlin". due at the 
Boulevard and "Irene" at the Ja- 
maica. 



George Robinson closed his New 
Brighton all vaude house last Sun 
day night. Business during the sea- 
son not iso good. 



When in Chicago 
Vi9it Theae Hits 



SELWYN Mats. Thura. and Bat.. 

8CHWAB and MANDE3L, Bring Ton 

THE NEW COIXEGIATB 
MUSICAL COaiEUX 

"GOOD NEWS" 

. with fm 

1I/X.-AMEBICAN TEAM OF PLAYEBS 

FORTY FtArPER FRESl^nES 
ABE LiTMAN . (HlmSelf ) & HIS ORCn. 



CRf ANHFR WEDNESDAY AND 
ILnL./\l'^VJlE.I\ SATURDAY MATS. 

GEORGE M. COHAN 
Offero a Now Comedy 

BY REQUEST 

Br J. C. Nuffont and Elliott Nn?ont 
with 

ELLIOIIT J«K;ENX__ 



skits and plenty of et cetera. VarU 
ous specialties, excellent. Including 
Tlmberg's violin, and his clowning 
with brother Sammy. Also a class- 
ic vs. Jazz contest that hit. Busi- 
ness, noticeably increased. 

Tower 

This large south side house was 
a notably weak sister on the old 
Orpheum chain. Grosses became so 
puny the house was closed, by the 
Orpheum circuit and a musical 
comedy stock brought in. Vaude- 
ville has been restored by the new 
Keith management. 

In competition is the Tivoli, op- 
erated by Balabah & Katz and play- 
ing Publlx units. The theatres are 
a mile apart, with the Tivoli spotted 
better and getting all the breaks,^ 
Entertainment values have been 
better there, but a two-bit toll at 
the Tower until 6.30 and four bits 
from then on should swing a per- 
centage of customers to the Tower 
if vaude bookings are of the right 
sort. 

Last^half bill entertaining without 
being inducive to repeats. Keene 
and Green with Little MItzI were 
featured and supplied more than 
half the quality of the five-act bill. 
A father, mother and daughter act, 
playing full stage with a mixture 
of hoke comedy and dancing. The 
daughter is brought on for encore 
to imitate Charlie Mack in a Mofan 
and Mack dialog worked with her 
dad. This as well as all previous 
material is substantial laugh stuff. 

Next-to-closing act, Spcnce and 
True, is one of those comedy affairs 
a person of the house ^ doesn't 
go Tfbr, The comic falls 3bwh after 
each gag, mea^iwhile tearing up a 
straw hixt, while the pal sings and 
laughs at the comic. There are sev 
eral good spots of dialog, and the 
whole thing would have been re 
cclved better if delivered more audi- 
bly. Lauren and La Dare,, opening, 
are a mixed Instrumental duo, with 
the man trying ortmedy modestly 
through instrumental effect- and 
pantomime. _[is partner sticks to 
accordion, but he uses sax, clarinet 
trumpet, guitar and something like 
an aboe. Good for an early spot In 
intermediate houses. 

A local radio name, Flavla PlasI 
anca. held the deuce with Sparish 
numbers and folk ballads, scoring 
well. Plav wore a blanket over his 
shouUlor, in keeping with his name, 
and showed a real voice. Revue 
Casino de Paris, clo.sing, Is stand- 
ard girl vaude flash with eight cho 
rlnes and two principals for song 
and dance; Well .staged routines 
and attractive appearnce. 

"Steamboat Bill, Jr." (U. A.) fea- 
ture; "'Two -thix'dsr'hD'USK"^^^^-"'^" 



A. n. WOODS' 

ADELPHI 



MATS. 
"WED. and SAT. 



A. H. WOODS' 



«The TRIAI OF MABY DUGAN" 

By- Bayard Velller 
with ANN HApDINO 
and Orltrinal New fork Ca«4 



Elaine Building Corp. built th 
New Ulaine, a 000-3oat<^r movi 
house on Southport avenue, between 
Waveland and Oracel 



Will Pohlman, formerly p. a- for 
the Karzaa Trianon and Aragon 
ballrooms, Is doing publicity for the 
Zenith Radio Corp. 



starting last week, following the 
deal whereby Publlx-P. & R, took 
over the entire 1928-29 Fox product 
for their whole circuit. 



Ads appearing in the local dailies 
show that the Boro Park Universal 
has changed hands and that begfln- 
ning with Sept. 10 the house Is to 
be called Loew's 46th Street. 



With Vitaphone and Movietone at 
the Grand (F. & R. second run loop 
ho^use) Sept. 8, admission Will be 
raised 5c. The Grand will take the 
"talkies" after they have been 
shown at the State, where the ad- 



DALLAS 

Palace — "The Tempegf-Eddle 
Stanley and Band-"Hula Blues' 
(Publix) -Vita-Movietone. 
Old Mill— "Oh Kay." 
Capitol— "Uncle Tom's Cabin." 
Melba ^ "Excess Baggage" -Vita- 
Movietone. ■ 

Majestic — "Gang War"-vaude- 



mission is 60c. The Embassy, now 
being completed, will be the first Movietone , 
F. & R. uptown theatre to have I Pantages— "The Love Mart 

Vitaphone and Movietone. i -r-. , w i i. w v j * i. 

■ . Earl Pilcher haa been made tech- 

NoW that Publlx-F; & R. has h^ical director of Vitaphone sound 

taken: the Fox . product away from I effects at the Melba. 

the Pantages, that house will have 

to look to Universal and the iride 

pendent market for pictures 



Edward Cramer, former director 
I of the Palace orchestra, has been 
'X',rr<J ^^' f^t-^'h-iTofthA appointed supervisor of music for 
Pan .ha^ siped up for half of the 1 „ p^^jj^ theatres In Texas except 
new Universal output. :\^^^^ ^^^^ j^^^ theatres. He sue 

,ceeds L. H. Kleinert, transferred .to 
Des Moines. 



The Park (P. & R.), Austin, 
Minn., was completely wrecked by 
a cyclone. The State (P. & R.), 
there, has Its; roof demolished. 



The Metropolitan Amusement Co., 
booking agency was opened by 
Messrs. S. W. Slddall, S. A, Morgan 



Edna Kirby, the Paramount Girl, Und E.-G Felton 
is here, living In the window of a ' 

department store, for a week. She i Ruth Clem, organist Old Mill the- 
has done this in other cities. | atre three years, haa been assigned 

.m,.^. > m> ft w^^m mrm 1*0 the PalaCC 

INDIANAPOLIS 

By EDWIN V. O'NEEL 

Circle— "Heart to Heart" 
anniversary jubilee). 

Indiana — "Beggars of Life." 
Loew's Palace — "Tempest," 
Apollo— "Street Angel." 



Henry Lange and orchestra re- 
place "The Seven Aces'' at the 
(12th I Baker Hotel this week. 



Paul Whiteman and orchestra are 
booked at the Fair Park Auditorium 
Nov. 3. 



Indiana.. State .Fair . opened Sat- 
urday. 



Circle will abandon stage band | 
policy next Weekj following the 
twelfth anniversary jubilee. Dick I 
Powell," master of ceremonies. Is | 
ending his engagement, with a spe- 
cial "Farewell WeeK" feature. Ed 
Relsner; Circle conductor, will aug- 
ment the Indiana pit orchestra. 



Fourth Avenue Amusement Co. of 
Louisville has taken over the Indi- 
ana theatre at Marion, and will 
build a new $165,000 house to seat 
1,200. 



ALBANY, N. Y. 

By HENRY RETONOA 

Capitol— "Wings." 

Strand— "The Patriot"-^ Vita, 

Ritz— "Out of Ruins." 

Leiand — "Laugh, Clo-wti, Laugh." 

Clinton. Square — "The Devil's 
Sklppcr"-"Three Ring Marriages. 

Grand— Vaudefllm. 
_iHall—- Vaudefllm. _^ 

Majestic— Ginger ijlris" "(Slutual). 

The Capitol, Albany's only legit, 
opened Monday with "Wings" for a 
week. . An orchestra of 20 Is with 
the picture. 



George Wintz's "The Vagabond 
Kinj?," has been booked for the' Fair 
Park; Auditorium Nov. 4-5, 



CLEVELAND 

Little-r"Man Who Married a 
Dumb Wife" (Stock). 

Hanna (Shubert), — "The New 
Moon" (2d week). 

Ohio— (Stock) "Lulu Belle!* (4th 

week), 

Palace (Keith) ^"Sawdust Para 
dise" (vaud). 

Stillman. (Loew) — "Lilac Time 
(4th week); next, closes. 

Allen (Loew) — "Excess Baggage;' 
"West Point Days" unit, 

State (Loew) — "The Camera 
Man" — vaud. 

Cameo (Loew)— "State Street 
Sadie"— Vita (1st week). 

Keith's 106th— "Just Married"— 
vaud. 



The Little theatre reopened this 



Roblnson-Smlth players engaged 
by the Gordon Square theatre and' 
start a seaison of stock attractions 
Sept. 9. 



Kenneth Reld, manager of thft 
Doan, has been transferred to tha 
Liberty in th? same capacity. Frank 
Hardy, former manager at the Lib- 
erty, lij shifted to the Doan, 



TORONTO 

Al Pliinket, whose all-male revuea 
have been annual Canadian suc- 
cesses for eight years, has at last 
deserted the all-male cast and 
grabbed* 15 fema,le3 for hoofing and 
atmosphere. The new. show, "Why 
Worry," opened Labor Day at Royal 
Alexandria to start a tran3-C!anada 
trip. ;■ . 



Matane, Quebec, is to have a iZO.~ 
000 house where none ever bloomed 
before. Home town syndicate. St. 
John, Quebec, is also slated for a 
new house. Supposed to seat 2,600 
and cost |1,000,000. Officials here 
say the town cannot stand this pace. 



Independent neighborhood house 
Is being erected at Qiieen and Pape, 
costing $80*000. W. J. Tiscombe, 
owner. 



Rt. Hon. William Lyon Macken- 
zie . King, prime minister of Can- 
ada, may attend the ninth annual 
convention of the M. P. T. O. A. 
here in October. Will Ha/s will 
also be here. 



Denial that FaniQus Players Ca- 
nadian. Corporation is to build a 
million dollar house in St. Johns, 
Quebec — or any house at all in that 
city — is made by N. L. Nathanson. 
Quebec papers all carried the story. 



Plenty of Toronto dough going to 
Quebec these days to flight the no- 
children and no-Sunday pictures 
laws introduced there by Prime 
Minister Taschereau in his post .as 
attorney general. Feeling here Is 
that the picture men are fighting a 
losing battle and should lay oCt. 
Nothing similar likely to happen in 
Ontario. No agitation for one 
thing and the governor of the prov- 
ince is on the . board of Famous 
Players Canadian Corporation. 



Arnold Tubman, manager. United 
Artists in Calgary, Alberta, has 
been transferred to the Cianadian 
head office at Toronto as assistant 
general manager tmder Haskell 
Masters. Tubman's brother haS 
charge of the Regent and Impcriah 
FP houses In Ottawa. 



J, M, Franklin, manager Keith's, 
Ottawa, iarranged a national public- 
ity hook up through a group, of 100 
English school children, touring 
Canada ds guests of some English 
political outfit. The Britishers will 
be guests of all Keith and Orpheum 
houses across Canada. 



One of those "royal command" 
performances was staged at the Re- 
gent in Ottawa this weelc when the. 
king's personal representative here, 
Governor General Lord WilUngdoa, 
decided to take her ladyship to the 
movies. 



g Pi-c^entdhon Costumes C 

I 14 WeST lAKC ST CMICAOO ILL Q '. 

□ EXCLUSIVE CREATIONS ; ] 

5.■.A/^E1CMAN01SC • CURTAINS .|.i-J-> 
■ t=RINClPAl_S ■ C 
FORSALC ■ MADE TO OOOER FORnCNT 



Frederick M. Hannay (Freddie 
Hanna), former burlesque actor, Is] 
now assistant directing manager of 
the Ij. Benton theatres; will per- 



cbe Claridae 

1244 N. DEARBORN, CHICAGO. SUPERIOR 4980 

Swimming Pool— Gymnasium — Rehearsal Hall 

RatAe WAAlrlmf ^single— $9.00 to $15.00 
naieSI WWeeniy l Double— ^10.50 to $21.00 
We pay yonr transportatloB by taxi from any stntlon in the «Ity 



Reserved for Professional Patrons 



Two Entire Floors in the 
Forty-six Story Tower of the 





The Coolest Location in Town 
Atop the Tallest Hotel in the World 

C LOSE to the top of the gigantic Morrison Tower, ^nd cooled byjhe^p^^^^^^^^^ 
air ever breathed, the 40th and 41st floors are set apart entirely Jo^jheamcal 
guests. Out of earshot of street noises, you can sleep '^^^"^'-'''^^.^^^^^^^^ 
late hour of the morning. You can also entertain your friends in perfect seclu 
sion, secure against interruption. 

1,944 Outside Rooms— Each With Bath 

Rates $2.50 Up 

Every room is outside, with bath, running ice water, telephone. bed-head r^^^^^^ 
Swand Servidor. The last named is particularly appreciated by professiona^ 
™L prevents contact between patrons and hotel employees when 

laundry, shoes, etc., are sent out or returned. 

Nearest Hotel to Downtown Theatres 

The Morrison stands closer than any other hotel ^^J^f^^^'"^^^^ 
stations. Yet, at this central location, rooms ^^^^ "^^^^.^JJ ^^^^ so ^a^ble 

The Terrace Garden and Boston Oyster House 

A, these two famous restaurants the 

and after-theatre parties. ♦ . / 

ALL PATRONS ENJOY GARAGE PRIVILEGES 




The New Morriwn, when completed, will '"^f*^ 
•Id ialleat hotel in the world, containing 3,400 room* 



VARIETY BUREAU 

WASHINGTON, D. C. 

416 The Arflonne 
1429 Columbia Road, N. W. 
ToUphona Columbia 4630 



By +1ARDIE MEAKIN 

Gayety— 'it" (Stock Burlesque). 
N a t io n a I (Erlanger-Rapley)-- 
♦♦Cradle Snatcher's" (Steven Coch- 

*^St?aSd-"Dainty Dolls" (Mutual). 
Pictures 
Columbia— "Mysterious I-.ady. 
Earle— "Heart 'to Heart." 
Fox— "Street Angel." 
Metropolitan— "First Kiss. 
Pdlace — "Warming Up." 

In addition to. a chorus of local 
girls the Gayety burlesque stock 
has Attle Leeming. Charles Goldle, 
Robert Snyder, May Janese, Wanda 
De Von, Ruth Madison, Jean Mc- 
Coy, Eddie Aiken. Roy Cowan and 
the Balmer Comedy Four. 

Steve Cochran's stock finishes up 
next week with "7th Heaven,' the 
fourth time the company has done 
the piece. 



in Philadelphia. Davis has been 
getting plenty of publicity locally 
on his placement of the .orchesU;as 
in the pits of the three new Fox 
houses in Brooklyn, Detroit and St. 
Louis. 

. A new Chinese restaurant has put 
in its appearance, the Venus, the 
second to hit the city. 

At the last minute the Florentine 
Choir* was added at Keith's for the 
showing of "King of Kings (fllm). 
An advertised daily 15 minutes oyer 
WRC, local National Broadcasting 
station, as a plug for the opening 
dwindled down^ to but ojje JV^ 
Then it was switched to WMAL.. 



Meyer Davis is expected to settle 
down between here, Philadelphia 
and New York on the regular split 
week basis beginning next week. 
This means returning the family 
from Jamestown, R. I., to the home 




FOR MODERN 

SENSATIONAL 
STAGE 
DANCING 

Stretching and 
Xlmberlng Exercise* 

Now at 

132-136 W. 43d St. 
New York 



J5CENERY 



DETROIT 

By CHARLES J. RICHARDSON 
Shubert Detroit— "Present Arms." 
'Shubert Lafayette— "Excess Bag- 

^Te'iri-rSiic. Theatre (Jessie 

^«The^'DeS"lo^^?''l- 

"^Michigan - "The .First Kiss." 
"Harem Scarem" (ui)it). 

Capitol— 'The Cardboard Lover , 

"Cairo" unit. „ ' „ 

United Artists-"The Tempest. 

second week. " : " . , . ' ..t i_" 

Oriental (receivership) — i^>n- 

eerie," also vaudeville. 

^ Madison-"Lilac Time" (3d week); 
State— "Lights of New York 

(4th week). \ ^, ■, 

Adams-"The Water Hole. 
Cadillac- "Nite Life in Parib 

^^eni!^, Palace and National- 

Stock burlesqu e. 

The Pier Ballroom was Anally 

evicted from its f?%*°i^; 
mer Riverview park (Belle Isle) 
^hen ^ity workmen destroyed the 
ballroom floor with axes The Pfer 
has been operating for the Past 3:^ 
months under various injunctions^ 
The pier management has taiccn 
over the Moose Temp le. 

The new Detroit Civic Theatre 
oneni Sept. 8 with the first local 
^?es"entf ti'on of Bob Shei-wg'^^.^ 
"The Queen's Husband.' The Civic 



is the former Bonstelle Playhouse, 
and is under Miss Bonstelle s man- 
agement. 

Clarence E. Wilcox, corporation 
counsel, has ordered the revocation 
of the license of the Edgewater 
Amusement park, due to the park 
being recently enlarged. _ 

When the original license was ob- 
tained properly, the addition of de- 
vices called lor an additional li- 
cense. Second permit called Illegal 
because the common council re- 
cently passed an order requiring the 
consent of 51 per cent of the prop- 
erty owners In the Immediate vicin- 
ity The Jean Goldkette organiza- 
tion, controlling the iwoperty, has 
refused to abandon the devices not 
listed in the original permit. 

So'usa and band are featured at 
the State Fair, which opened on 
Sept. 2. 



Frank Beaston, definitely out at 
the Michigan, was replaced by 
Lpach as master of ceremonies. Re- 
ported Lou Kosloff may return. 

J J. Cavanaugh, representing the 
Aniei loan Bond and Mortgage Com- 
pany, has brought the entire !< BO 
list of 33 pictures in the Oriental 

theatre. 



MONTREAL 

By C. W. L. 



become an u.sher at the Capitol. He 
takes this job to study methods _or 
operating a picture house. His 
father. K. C. Tremblay, is interest 
ed in a film house in Arvada, 

Harrv R Dahn, manager Capitol, 
back from Now York, has arranged 
for special .stage ensembles to go 
into his house next month. 

Bookings are already good at His 
Majesty's (legit) for George Robey 
who is appearing this week in a 
revue. . Hoboy is touring Canada 
from Monti-eal. 

Tried without success several 
times in this city another French 
company is coming to His Majesty a 
for a three weeks' show this month. 
They are the Porte St. Martin play- 
ers! claimed to he the original com- 
pany. They will give Rostand s 
"Chanteclor" and Victor Hugo s 
"Hernani." neither of them very 
new play.s. 

Opening at His Majcstys (legit) 
in October the Stratfoid-on-Avon 
players will give eight «bako8- 
percan plays. They are under the 
direction of Comstock & Geat and 
will tour Canada and the U. b 



Frahm's house, namely Irene Dar- 
wel), Arthur Picrson, Ralph Remley. 
New faces include Myra Marsh, 
Flora Grainley, a 1928 baby Wam- 
pus star, ingenue, 

H. C. Robertson, dean : of em- 
ployes for the old Jeh.sen-vpn Her-* 
berg circuit, is the new- manager of 
the Coliseum. Billy Hartford has 
gone to manage the four West Coast 
houses in Bellingham. J. B. Reis- 
man has been transferred from Bel- 
lingham to Bremerton, where W. C. 
has three houses. 



SEATTLE 




TAP. TOE, ECCENTRIC, BALLET, ADAGIO 
CHILDREN'S and ACROBATIC 

C. C. LINDSLEY 
Room 450, ifiSft Broadway. New York City 



O r p h e u m — "The Champion' 

(Stock). , ^ „ 

Capitol— "The Patriot." 

Loew's— "Fleetwing." , 
Strand— "Phantom of the Turf - 
"Anybody Here Seen Kelly ?"-"Back 
Stage" -"Hello Cheyenne." 

Imperial— Vaude. , 
Empress — "The Enchanted 
Lsland"- "The Coward." . 

Gayety— "Jazz Time Rcyue (Mu- 
tual). 

At the Strand, this week, chil- 
dren under sixteen and unaccompa- 
nied were .turned away. No doutjt 
Managfr F. H. Warnicker i.s intimi- 
dated by the Montreal police, in- 
junctions,-, etc.. although Justice 
Weir has decreed that the courts 
^viU not hear charges against man- 
agers who have illegally admitted 
cliildron to their theatres. It is 
f'laim'd that he la waiting for a 
Ciumz- -pcrmitv- -- - ---- --- — — = 

TlK' Palace theatre reopened Sept. 
il with .sound films featured. It is 
the first time tVie talking pictures 
are to be prc-sented In the Brlti-vli 
p:mrjire. 

It is reported Bill Tremblay. a 
millionaire lumber king's, eon, has 



By DAVE TREPP 

p r e s i d c n t — "Torch BcarerB" 

^''^Seattlc— "Mating Call"-sUige show 
Fifth Avenue— •■Sunrise." 
Coliseum— "Undor the Tonto Rim- 
Col urn bi a— "King of Kings" 2d 

Blue Mouse— "Women "They Talk 
About" -Vita. ' 

Music Box— "Terror"-VIta. 
Winter Garden — "Hiding for 

1 Fame." ^ „, 

Pantages— "How to Handle Wom 

en -Vaude. 
Orpheum— "Half a Bride" -Vaude. 

C. P. Scatrs, five years manager 
of theatro.s in Bremerton, has re- 
signed to edit the new Bremerton 
Press. 

With tho closing of the President 
theatre in Portland prior to the 
opening in tlie old Baker as the now 
President, a nmnbor of the caJit arc 
in Sf^'Utle appearing at Manager Art 



Ellcnsburg will have itis annual 
[rodeo Sept. C-7-8. 

'The Fire God," staged at the 
University stadium, will be rcpojit- 
ed in Tacoma, imdcr ausp)<;«:s Ta- 
coma Legion. 

I Vic Meyers and Jack Bain, band 
leaders, have gone to New York for 
several week.s. Meyers has ' been 
leadthg the orchestras at Butler cafe 
and Trianon ball room and is a re- 
1 cordinfT artist. Bain has been m. of 
c. at the Seattle and has been alter- 
nating with Vic at the baton at these 
two places the past month. 

Fifth Avenue a,nd Coliseum have 
united in the biggest prize contest 
ever given here by a theatre. Screen 
star identification L-j the Idea. The 
Pffftt Intelligencer Is co-operating. 

Contest runs four weeks, showing 
ten stars weekly on screen and in 
pictures in the newspaper. No 
masks, no tricks. List of prizes ag- 
gregates nearly $7,000, being headed 
by a motor car valued at $i,6jO. 




THEATRICAL OUTFITTERS 

1580 Broadway New York City 




Mo- LWM.M.m ■ m.mm, 

I N S T l T U Tl O N e4 iNTEBNA-riONALI 

Shoes for the S^^g^^^^ Street 

^SHOWFOLK'S SHOESHOP- 1552 BROADWAY 



62 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1.928 



VARIEmiOSANGELESOFFICE 

ARTHUR UNGAR in Charge 
Loew'i State Bldg., Suite X221-22 
707 So, Broadway, Trinity 3711-3712 



LOS ANGELES 



Profassionalt hav* ffrM ub« of Variaty'a 
Loa Angelaa Offiea for information. Mail 
may bi addrasted car* Variaty, Leaw'a Stato 
BldSn Sulta 1221-22, Loa Angelea. |t will ba 
held subjact to call or forward«d» or advar- 
tised tn Variaty'a Latter Liat. 



Orpheum 

: With Jeanne Kagols topping, It 
WJis an pecan -wave bill^ — up and 
dpwn^a not bad opener, 'way down 
for the second and third spots, 'way 
up. for the next and the crest for 
Miss lOiifiols' numiber, and back up 
iagain fgr the next two turns and a 
slight drop at tlie vfinish. 
. There wasn't any doubt that It 
was .l(?anne Eagels wlio dragged 
them in to fill the house to capacity 
Neither was there any question that 
she satis.fied them. . TJiey saw her 
in her two best performances— the 
dynamic denunciation scene be- 
tween Sadie Thompson and the Rev. 
Alfred Davidson, from "Rain," and 
the telephone scene from "Her Card 
:board Lover." 

Charles Wilson in a nut act and 
"glim" TimblirL's blaclcfrtce number, 
Iveld over from the previous week, 
were the other high spots. 

Harry La Vail,- Sister and Dean 
opened with trapeze stuff, but dif- 
ferent enough and good enough to 
go over. 

Pranklyn D'Arniore, strong nian, 
assisted ■ by .Jack Lane and Kthel 
Truesdalc. followed. . D'Armore was 
all right when, he was strong.-man- 
ning, at which lie is plenty capable, 
but the balance of the act was weak. 

"Ship .Ahoy," with Richard De 
Mar -and . Lillian Lester, leading a 



Call for"" 



BSOLUTELYCUAffANTEED.' 




^and bo assured of receiving the 
best materials properly blended 

ISOLD EVERYWHERE 
Manufactured hy 
Stein Cosmetic Co., N. Y. 



company of three males and the 
same number of femmes, didn't ex- 
cite the natives much, either. It 
was mostly song and dance stuff 
with some feeble efforts at comedy, 
the setting a battleship and all the 
boys and girls In uniform, the plot 
being that the girls wore trying to 
palm themselves off as he-men. De 
Mar and Lester did some fair hoof- 
ing,- but the talent in the act stopped 
there. 

Charles Wilson offered one of the 
nuttiest nut acts seen hereabouts. 
Wilson pattered at length about 
everything and nothing, while two 
male assistn nts .scurried back and 
forth' for no particular reason. 'If 
there had been any reason for any 
of It, it would have spoiled every- 
thing. As it was, the house howled. 
Very big'. ' • 

Miss Eagcls foll»-wed. Two other 
members of her cast, Robert Rai'rat 
and Florence Ravenel, introduced 
themselves straight on a bedroom 
set, getting, over that they were to 
assist. Miss Eagcls in the playing of 
two scenes from her successes for a 
benefit. The star entered, tolling 
Barrat and Miss Ravcnel what they 
were to do and wiseing the crowd 
on the plots of the dramas. Then 
into the action. After the "Card- 
board Lover" scene the set . was 
darkened with the exception of a 
spot playinff On the door of her 
I'oom in "Rain." The phonograph 
started Itz jazz melody, the . mis- 
sionary came on and the "Rain" 
scene was played in the spot in 
front of the door. Barrat's voice is 
good, but he doesn't look the David- 
son part. However, Miss Eagels 
was the wild, untrammeled Sadie 
Thompson of yore. An- applause 
tumult marked the end.: 

Florrle Le Vere, singer and danc- 
er, and Lou Handman, bong writer, 
assisted by' Handman's sister, 
Edythe, presented "Celebrities," 
Miss Le Vepe doing "Impressions" 
of Marion Davies and Kitty Doner. 
Handman did a new song and a 
medley of his old hits. Did well. 

"Slim" Timblin, with Billy Ray- 
mond and Val Russell, again pre- 
sented their "Southern Capers," the 
high peak of which is Tlmblin's 
blackface sermon monolog. "Very, 
big. . 

jin the closing ■ spot, Carl Shaw 
and Jean Carroll, with N6va Cliris- 
man, Margie Meyer, Joe King and 
James King, offered "Dance Man- 
ners," a hoofmg act with plenty of 
fast action .nnd color and only a few 
dull moments. 



Florence Vldor and her new hus 
band, Jascha Helfetz, have arrived 
in Los Angeles. They were mar- 
ried In New York, Aug. 20. 



Edward Everett Hereon will ex 
tend his six months' stage venture 
at the Vine Street theatre In; Holly- 
wood, to a full year. Steadily grow- 
ing business resulted In an addi- 
tional six months .lease by Horton's 
brother-manager, Win Horton, 
which extends it to next March. 
Horton's next production, "Arms 
and the Man" will follow "Clarence" 
(current). 




The girls who 'grace our stage have 
been flocking to Forsythe stores for 
theatrical flats, in patent leather and 
a variety of fascinating colors In kid- 
skin, satin or suede for rehearsal, 

stage or comfortable street wear: . ."at 
a price as low as $5.. .ho wonder these 
shoes have risen to heights of popu- 
larity in the footwear rfealml Alumi- 
num taps included on request. 



MX at 
cive 
price 



I 





The Follies reopened Sept. 2 with 
2C colored entertainers featured In 
the opening burlesque production. 

The Shakespeare Memorial Play- 
ers, from Stratford-on-Avon, : ap- 
pear In Los Angeles in December 
on a tour sponsored by Morris Gest. 

Jack . North, banjo songster, and 
NewhofC and Phelps (vaude) have 
just completed making Vitaphone 
shorts. 



Leon Navara has arrived here 
with his bride, the daughter of M. 
H. Hoffman, picture producer, and 
will sojourn here until Oct. 1. 



Chester Conklin, screen comic, 
will build a new Norman-Frehch 
home in West Holly^HrOodi For years 
Conklin has been virtually the only 
film celebrity who did not live in 
the screen district in and pear Hol- 
lywood, having resided .in southwest 
Los Angeles. 



A new peace play by Fanny Blxby 
Spencer will be produced in Holly- 
wood shortly under Josephine Dil- 
lon's .staging. 



Something new in little theatre 
promotion will be used by the Hol- 
lywood Community Players, who 
will hold a Little Theatre Exhibi- 
tion at the Hollywood public li- 
brary throughout October. Sketches 
and models of bizarre stage 'sets, 
unusual costume designs and other 
model and pictorial work represen- 
tative of the theatre will be in- 
cluded-. • ■ 



Dorothy Burgess of the original 
production Is coming to Los Angeles 
to play Nubi In the Belasco-Butler 
production of "The Squall," opening 
at the Belasco September 23. 



William R. Fraser, general man- 
ager for Harold Lloyd, is on an ex- 
lended trip through Canada and 
eastern;^ci.ties. He will stop In New 
Yoi-k several weeks. 



Chaplin studio has erected a wall 
40 by 80 feet at the east side of 
its outdoor stage; It has been faced 
with concrete and will serve a,s a 
permanent Improvement, either as 
an artificial background or as the 
side of a future stage structure.. 



"Me jico," three-act comedy drama 
of Mexican revolution by Georgia 
Fawcett, daughter of George Faw-. 
cett (screen), will be the next pro- 
duction at the Cordov* Street Play 
Shop (little theatre) Sept. 10. Belle 
Mitchell and William Raymond are 
in the cast. 



"Wings" (Par) follows "Street 
Angel," at the Criterion, Sept. 6. 



Georgie Fabregat, musician, has 
filed claim with Los Angeles labor 
commission for |250 against Culver 
Stanton, manager La Doma Ball- 
room at Huntington Park (suburb), 
for services with the ballroom or- 
chestra, Oliver Leonard, musician, 
filed claim with labor commission 
for $i0 against Sam West, man- 
ager, Rltz thea.tre orchestra. He 
claims sum Is due for one day's 
services with band. 



VANCOUVER 

. Cafiitol — ■ '"The Reporter''-Capl-, 
toliahs-vaiide. 

Orpheum— "The Cop"-vaude. . 

Pantages — "Don't Marry"-vaude. 

Vancouver-^ — "In X*ove with Love" 
(Duffy Players). 

Strand— "Forgotten Faces"-"Col- 
lege Capers Innovation." 

D o m i n i o n— "Dawn;" 



"Dawn" in its second week at the 
Dominion, got play from three Brit- 
ish warships here on visit. 



BALTIMORE 

By BRAWBROOK 

A new local dramatic group, the 
Ambassador Players, enter the little 
theatre field this fall, opening with 
Carl Webster Price's "The Guest 
Retainer," now In rehearsal. Mar- 
garet Glbbes, of the defunct Knopf- 
Farnsworth Co., will be the featured 
member. The cast also Includfes H. 
Donald Fiee, Francis Hollihfleld, 
Marshall Codd, Cecil Weber, Nell 
Johnstone, Nel Brldgan; Carl- Atlee, 
Clinton Leper, Margaret MUller and 
Rodney McKay. The, production will 
be. staged at the Play Arts Guild 
theatre. 



Franz Bornschein, local composer, 
recently had his choral cycle, "Tus- 
can Cypress," performed In Colum- 
bus, O. This was the first produc- 
tion of the work istill In manuscript. 



A new drama,tlc stock opens at 
the Auditorium Sept. 17. Steve 
Cbchrian (Washington). Is the lessee 
and the New National Players from 
the W^ashlngton theatre will be 
brought here. 



BUFFALO 

By SIDNEY BURTON 

Eriahoer— "The> Little Spitfilrc." 
Buffalo— "The First Kiss." 
Hipp—- "The Sawdust Paradise." 
Great Lakes-^"Four Sons." 
Lafayette— ''The Scarjet Lady." 
Century-^"The Chorus Kid." 
Court Street^ — "Beverly of Graii- 
stark" (stock). . > 



Rumored a stock co. Is- to be 
formed to offer two plays a week at 
one of the larger East Side neigh- 
boiiiood theatres. A similar venture 
last year lasted about three weeks. 



Calvin Winter and Capltolians 
have started a series of Sunday eve- 
ning concerts at the Capitol. A col- 
lection is taken at the door and the 
program broadcast by CNRV, Cana- 
dian R.ailways radio station. 



"The Trial of Mary Dugan" (A. 
H. Woods) opened at the Empress 
Sept. 3 for three days. The hou.'?o 
has been dark all summer. 



Rumored Vancouver will get its 
first "talker" late this falL 



Thomas Chatterton la the h(M\ 
lead here with the Duft comiumy. 
eo-stnrring- with Helenc Millard, 



Charles L. Wagner has secured an 
additional five weeks beyond the 
regular engagement at the Erlanger, 
extending his lease to October 22. 

"When "Kindling" Is presented 
Oct. 8 Mrs. John L. Clawson, of this 
city, will be in the cast. Mrs. Claw- 
son was connected with the Theatre 
Guild in New York. 



ROCHESTER 

By E. H. GOODING 

Lyceum— "Simba." 

Rochester — "Home, James" -Vaude. 

Eastman— "Oh, Kay!". 

Fay's — "Tenderloin." 

Regent— "Tho Head Mdn." 

PiccadiMy — "A Woman Against 
the World." 

Gayety— "The Golden Crook" 
(Stock . burlesque). 



rope Beatrice Ryan la again f ejv- 
tured organist at the E}aBtm'an the-' 
atre. 



Tommy Weir, tenor, minstrel man 
In vaudeville until ill health drove 
him off the stage, has joined Ruth 
Manning, soprano, to become the 
Hoover Honey mooners team, being 
broadcast weekly over Statlor 
WEAP. 



• Maurice. Swartz, 44, Albion busi- 
ness man, who . as a young man 
toured the countrjr as a stage musi- 
cian with various ' shows, died Aug. 
28 In Toronto. 



Batavia Fair loss, counting tht 
$6,000 state aid expected; was onlj- 
$2,732.60 this, year, despite raiii is«i 
heavy that it damaged concession- 
aires' property one day, Treasurer 
John Pratt reports. This year's f ah-, 
cost $57,600, or $14,192 less than last 
year's, wliile receipts wei-e $4S,867.5Q, 
or $23,960,7Q less than In 1927. Ru- 
mored again Secretary Fred B. Par- 
ker, Donald Woodward and Fred 
Kllnck would buy the grounds, anfl 
equipment and run the fair inde- 
pendently hereafter. 



Rochester's marathon dance start* 
at the Natatorium, Sea Breeze Park, 
Sept. 9, and Edward Scott, In charge 
of the Graystone Companyls World's 
Champion Marathon Endurance 
Dance, expects at least lOO couples. 



Rose Lerner, Rochester actress In 
stock here two .seasons, has a rol*. 
in Crosby (Giaige's New York 3how» 
"A Little Accident." . 



Joe Frisco is bulldinff . an $11,001) 
home for his mother in Rock Island. 




Guerrini & Cok 
Th« . Lcndino arid 
Largest ' 
ACCORDEON 
FACTORY 
In tho United Statai 

n»e only Pacloir 
tliut niiikr>3 any Mt 
of Uccds — made Iv 
hntid. 

277-279 Columbui 
' Avenua' 
San ' Fnuicisco, CaL 
Free Catalosuei 



Saturday opening, inaugurated 
here by the Eastman theatre a year 
ago, has been adopted by tho Picca- 
dilly and Fay's. 



This week marks definite opening 
of the fall season, with the Lyceum 
offering "Simba," stock burlesque 
supplanting Mutuial attractions at 
the Gayety, and Fay's introducing 
talkies. 



Sam Tandler Jast week bought the 
Victoria, closed for several months 
aftier competition from the Rochesr' 
ter . crowded out the combination 
policy. Reported stock burlesque 
may be played there. 



MOST ORIGINAL 

COFFEE SHOP 

in tlie Golden West 

Carl— MULLER'S— till 

"TWO OLD TIMERS" 
Direct from Train or TheRtr« 
Yon Are Welcome 
724 So. Hill St., Los Angeles 



M 



INERS 

M AKE UP 



Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 



Back from a year's study in Eu- 



DOROTHEA ANTEL 

226 W. 72d St., New York City 

The Sunshine Shoppe 

OPERA LENGTH HOSIERY 
and the dainty things milady 
loves 




TRUNK IS YOUR HOME 



Hiivo biilU It real llttin homo for yon in llie 
NKW STAK. It hiui tlioKo little nIcetloR and 
luxiirloiiH fUincntN \vlilcli innko II. & M. pnrtlca-. 
Inrly favored by the profesBlon. 



OPEN TOP 



CLOSED TOP 



A choioe of four color Mlootlonn In DuPoiit 
leather finish. One Uey opcrittcs nil locks, both 
Infilrtc niKl oiifnido.; 

HARTMANN, OSHKOSH, MENDEL, INNOVATION 

ALL MODELS AND ALL SIZES ON HAND 

AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES 

1,000 USED TRUNKS of all descriptions at a SACRIFICE 
Chorus, Wardrobe, Scenery, Prop Trunks — New and Used 
Wp Do ItciMilrlns Write for Catalog 

SAMUEL NATHANS Bnc. 

568 Seventh Avenue (Bet. 40th-41st) New York City 

SOI,K AOKXTS FOn It. & M. TRirNKS IN THK KA.ST 
. rilONBS I.ONGACKB 0107— I'UNNSYIA'ANIA OOCt 



FANCHON and MARCO COSTUME CO. 

specialize in creating the most attractive costumes for chorus and 
ensemble groups in stage presentations and tabloid entertainment. They 
are used exclusively by the foremost producers in America. They, are 
made to order and can either be purchased op loaned to responsible 
producers for single performances, a week, month or year. 

FANCHON and MARCO COSTUME CO. 

643 So. Olive street LOS ANGELES, CALIF. 



Wednesday, September S, 1928 



VARIETY 



HOTELS FOR SHOW PEOPLE 



HOTEL HUDSON 

ALL NEWLY DECORATED 

$ 8 an0 Up Single 
$12 and Up Double 

Hot and Cold Water and' 
Telepbone Id Bacb Room 

102 WEST 44th STREET 
NEW YORK CITY 
Plione: URIANT 1iZ6-29 



HOTEL FULTON 

. (In tlie Heart ol New York) 
$ 9 and Up Single 
$14 and Up Double 

Shoxver Baths, Hot and Cold 
Water and Telepnone 
Electric Fan Ui ettch roum 
264-268 WEST 46th STREET 
NEW YORK CITY 
Phone: Lackawanna C090-1 
Opposite N. V. A. 



Reduction in Rates 

Large Room Private Bath 
$16.50 Week 
TWO PERSONS 
8ini;le Room, Hot and Cold 0 (\(\ 
Water ,. We<;k 

Hotel America 

1B5 Went 47th fit., New York City 
Phone Bryant 009 » 



Aristo Hotel 

101 W. 44th St., New York City 

Single Rooms, $8.00 Up. 
Donhle Roomff (with bath) $12.00 Dp 
Hot anil Cold Running Water In 
Every -Room. A Mome-Jiike Hotel 
In the Heart of the Theatrical 
DiHtrict - ■ 



LETTERS 

When ScBdlna for Mall 
TABIBTS. MldrcM UiUI OUA. 

rOBTCARDS, ADYKRTIBINO m 
CXBOVIiAR XKTTKB8 WlIX MOV 
Bfl ADVBBTI8BD 

UBXTKBS ADTBBTISBb B 
OMB IBSIIK ONI.V 



Abel Pftlrlcla 
Allen Carrie 
Anthony Miss B 

Browne M E 

De Costa Mme 

Fish Ethel 
Fitzgerald Ed 



Fuller*. Earl 

Lew Uke 

Sydney H.irold 

Wallace Mabel 
AVeHlon Mrs C 
Weston T J 
Wills Si 
Winters Mrs B 



CHICAGO OFFICE 



Andrews Cocll 

Bear Betty 
Belle & Coates 
Brunnles Merrett 
Buckley Jack 
Burke Minnie . 

Conlpy Harry J 
Coster & Rich 

Ershen Jack 
Evans & Luner 

Ferguson Mae 
Foley. Thomas 
Foster & Ritchie 
Frohman Bert 
Fuller & Jewell 

ClIiTord W C 
Gilbert Bert 

Haiflmond Al 
Herman Lewis 
Hertz Lillian 
Hogan & Stanley 
Howard May 
Hunter Gcorgie 

Inman Warren 
Iversen FrMzie 

kehoe iiTIss 

LaMare Jackie 
I..ange Howard 
Jjiuren & LaJDa;re 

Lester 7^ou.'^c■n & C 

L«cke Emily 

Loretta Dee 

Mack .Clr.Tnville 
Martin I'^'redOie 



May Janet 
Mayo & Mack 
McDermott Loretta 
Meyers Betty ■ . , 
MJller Bob 
Morgan Chas A 
• Muric-l & Fisher 



Newm.in Vera 
Newman W H 



Owen Dick 



Palmer Henry 
Perry Harry 
I'etrclla T G 
J'owfll Albert Sr • 
i'viiitii d & P'gy 



Reed & Lucey 
Rogers Jack 
Rogers Wil.son 
Rogers & King 
Rome Dunn 
Rufh.strom John 
Kyan Buddy 

Scott laobel ■ 
Sliunatone Chief 
~Slggie_- 
Sin<!ck Roy 
Steinbeck Bruno 
Stevens Go . 
Sylve.ster & . Vance 

White Pierre 
Wright Geo M 
"Wynn Ray 

Zukor Dave 



Motels I^ORRA.INE] and GR A-I^X — CHicago 



LORRAINE 

SINGLE ROOM. RATU, 92.Q0 UP 
DOUBLE ROOM, DATU. «17.50 AND «21,00 WEEKLY 
DOUBLE WITHOVT KATU. (14.00 WEEKLY 
LEONARD UICKS. President 



GRANT 

SINGLE KOO.M WlTIIOi:'! RATH. $I>25 A>'D (1.50 I'l^H DAY' 
SINtiLJC KOOM, UATII. !jl:!.00 Pl<n{ DAY 

Doimiju: itoo.M wiTiiori hath. $14.oo per wkkk 

DOrULK ROOM Urril RATU $17.60 AND $31.00 WKKKLT 



NEW HOTEL 

100 Rooms 
100 Showers 

and Tubs 
Double Rooms 

$3— $4-^5 
Single Rooms 
$2.50 and $3.00 



HOTEL KILKEARY, Pittsburgh 

PITTSBURGH'S HOTEL FOii THE PROFESSION 
Conveniently located Within Five Minutes of All 
DOWNTOWN THEATRES 
Announcing the Opening of New Restaurant and Coffee Shop 

THE FAYETTE 

In Connection with the Hotel-r-SometHing Differient, . Good Food, Reasonable Prices 



AbsolMtely 
Fireproof 
Artistic Steel 
Furniture 
J. F. KILKEARY 
Pr6pi"ietor 

NINTH ST. and 
PENN AVE. 



LOU HOLTZ'S 



241 WEST 43D STREET, NEW YORK CITY 
PHONE LACKAWANNA 7740 

Low Summer One and Three Rooms, Bath, Kitchen 

Completely Furnished 



Rates 

Now Effective 



In the Heart of Times Square 



WRITE, PlIONK OR WIRE >'OR RESERVATION 



A REAL HOME FOR THE PROFESSION 

MARYLAND HOTEL 

104 W. 49th St., New York City— Ownership Management 

f\(\ '■ Immaculately Clean iA'CA 
•UU Cnurtonun Treatment 



I>nrgo Rooms 
Ktiiuiing ' Water 
Newly . Decorated 



•2 



immaculately Clean $g 
Courteous Treatment 
a day Newly Furnished a day 

and up Special Weekly Rate* and up 



Double Room 
for 2, Bath 
and Shower 



Phone: LONG ACRE 080S 



GEO. P. SCHNEIDER. Prop. 

FURNISHED 



TUl? UT?l?TniJ A FURNISHED 
1 rl Jli JDrjH 1 11 A APARTMENTS 



COMPLETE FOR HOUSEKEEPING. 

325 West 43rd Street 

Private Bath 



CLEAN AND AIRY. 



NEW YORK CITY 



3^4 Rooms. Catering to the comfort mad conTenlenoe of 
the profession, 

STEAM HEAT AND ELECTRIC LIGHT- .... $16.00 CP 



0^ Hotel 

CUMBERLAND 

Broadway and 54th Street 

New York City 

"LoHgtbe New York Home of HeadHtters' 

Rooms with Twin Beds and 
Bath 2 l.OO Per Week for Two 

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath 
25.00-30.00-3S.00-40.00 Weekly 

Inquire for 

MANAGER 




"The Singing Fool," The somewhat 
belated announcement of film book- 
ings for the Schine house reveals 
that it will split the Warner prod- 
uct with the etrand here, the Eckel 
drawing "The Terror," "My Man," 
"On Tri.al," "The Redeeming Sin," 
•The Little Wildcat,' "Kid Gloves," 
"No Defense," and "Stolen Kisses." 



SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

By CHESTER B. BAHN 

Loew> State — "Excos.s Baggage" 
— "Imagine My I3nibnrrassmcnt" 
(.sound)— Movietone acts, "Our 
Gang" (local). 

Strand — "Lights of New Tork, 
(2d week) — Vitaphonc — Movietone. 

Empire^"IIeart to Heart" and 
"Up in tlio Clouds," stage band. 

Eckel— "The Midnight Taxi"- 
Vitaphone. 

Rivoli — "Metropolis." 

Syracuse — Vaudefilm. 

B. F. Keith's— Vaudefilm. 

Regent — "Burning Daylight" — 
"fenny "Sf"the=1Scahd^^lrf7"-^^=^=^----^-= 

HaVvard — "Three .Singers" — "His 
foreign Wife." 

Swan— "The Big City— "Com 
rndes." 

Palace— "The Smart Set." 

Savoy— Tom Phillips' Burleskers 
— P'ilms. 



, The ?:rkel will have its formal 
©rtning Sept. 22, with Al Jolson's 



The Empire (Kaufman-Buckland) 
goes sound Saturday when "Street 
Angel" opens. While the house Is 
wired for both Vitaphone and Mov- 
ietone only the latter will be used. 
Heretofore, Movietone acts have 
been pl.-xyed exclusively at Loew's 
State, with the Strand and Eckel 
playing the Vitaphone shorts. 

With no explanation made, 
Keith's shelved Tom Meighan's 
"The Mating Call," booked to open 
Sunday and substituted "The Per- 
fect Crime." 



Loew's, playing the Syracuse "Our 
Gang" comedy this week, follows 
with iL second locally made pic- 
ture Saturday, "Six Appeal," first 
production effort of the Cinema 
Critics Club, fan organization. Wal- 
ter P. Mcintosh, vice-principal of 
Syracuse North High School, di- 
rected. 



^= H OT E L 

JACKSON 

= — Just East of Broadway ~ 

— Oomplettlj wmodeled— «T«fTthln» 

It* bMt — SlmmoDt funlture — 

— (Bceutyrest mattretses), bot and 

— eold waUr. telephone*, sboweia. 

— • $12 tor Binrle Booaa . — 
_ fl(I-$l,T fop Doable Room — 

— »16-»18-f20 for Donble Room ■■ — 

— (with Private Bath) . 

— ' ivmmu CoflcMtiMk '■ ~ 

'. ' TW" U the Ideal hotel for the ^ ~^ 

■ proresElon — In ■ the heart of the ' ~ 

' thentncaJ aectloD '~ 

■ Phones Bryant 0S73-4-fi 



Syracuse Symphony, resumes his 
duties here late this month, despite 
reports he would remain abroad to 
conduct the Berlin Philharmonic 
Orchestra. 



Struck by a state police car at 
the New York State Fair Grounds 
here, H. R. Demmill, of the 48th 
Highlanders Band, Toronto, was 
injured. 



Accused of having enticed Chris- 
tine Mizerack, Little Falls, from her 
hontie,. Hjarold Hugo, carnival man, 
who was arrested Ih; Rome, solved 
his problem by marrying the girl 
in Herkimer County jail. 



The Crescent, Ithaca, wired, 
opens with "The Jazz Singer." The 
house in the future will follow a 
split-week policy. 



The State, IJtica, managed this 
season by John F. FitzGerald, 
former New York and Boston ex- 
hibitor, will play double features. 
The house has installed the GB 
Tone equipment. 



hTe British convict ship "Siir- 
cess," showing at Great. Ixikes ports 
this summer, closed its itinerary 
Labor Dav at Alexandria Bay on 
the St. Lawrence and ship moved 
t6""Oswegf^--=^ "^=~^^— = -..^.^^.^ 



Utica's new Stanley theatre, cost- 
ing $1,500,000, opens Monday with 
a civic dedicatory program. The 
house, wired, will have a, straight 
picture policy, supplementing Its 
features with Vitaphone and Movie- 
tone acts. 



Vladimir Sh*^-ttch, eoinJuctor, 



Eunice KiHan, Syracuse nurse, 
and Edward Keene, Watertown 
chauffeur, teamed in Watertown's 
recent dance marathon found ro- 
mance as they waltzed. The couple 
were married last week. Keene linr 
ished second but with a new part- 
ner, Miss Killan having collap.sed 
after 72 hours. 



Headdresses worn by principals 
of the Metropolitan opei-a this sea- 
son will be the wjrk of a Syracuse 
girl designer, Jean Corregan. TUb 
young Syracusan got her start wifh 
ihc Frank Wilcox stock In her homo 
town some seasons ago. 



JERSEY CITY 

National (Wired)— Street Angel," 
Movletone-Vitaphone shorts. 

Stanley~"The Niffht Watch' 
"Jazz^jaBtlco""(8tage>.---— — --^--^ 

State — "Forgotten Faces" -Vaude, 

Central — "Forgotten . Faces"- 
Vaude. 

Cameo— -The Hit of the Show ' 
Vaude. 

Majestic — Burlcsk stock. 

An unusual experiment on "SliM't 
AngeL" After pop, price week ul 



600 HOUSEKEEPING APARTMENTS 
LANDSEER APTS. BENDOR COURT 

245 West 6lst Street 
CGlumbus 8050 

IRVINGTON HALL 

35.'), West ■'^1 PI 'Street: 
Columbus ^3i)0 



343 West ,55th Street 
Columbus C06C 



HENRI COURT 

312 West 48th Street 
3830 Longacre 



HILDONA COURT 

341-347 West 45th Street. 3560 Longacre 
1-2-3-4-room apartments. Each apartment with private b^tlh, phone, 

kitchen, kitchenette. 
$18.00 UP WEEKLY— $70.00 UP MONTHLY 
The largest maintainor of housekeeping furnished apartmejits directly 
under the supervision of the owner. Located In the center of the 
theatrical district. All fireproof buildings. 

„ Address all communications to 



CHARLES TENENBAVM 



Principal OjlTlce: Landseer Apts., 245 West 5iat Street, New York 
Apartments can be igeen evenings, omce in each building, 
will Lenwe by the Week. Month or Tear Famished or Cnfamlshcd. 



HOTEL SCHUYLER ARMS 



Offers You 

sflvlll?'?^ ""^ ^^^"^^ linens,: gas, electricity, 

$95 to $115 per month. 

Also attractive liying room, bedroom, kitchen and dining alcove, only 

$125 per month. 

These apartments comfortable for three or four persons 

305 W. 98th St., New York 

PHONE 6100 RIVERSIDE 




Stanley, went in .Satui'day at Na- 
tional reserved sc;it, road show 
scale. Reopens latter house. 



Stock burle.sque Is back at the 
Majestic, former road show pictiux' 
hou.sc. Show, opened Saturday night 
with special rU'nway and 24 girls; 
Eddie Hall writes weekly book, and 
Dan Dody stages shows. Helen Le- 
roy, Ethel Spears a,nd Hall arc 
load.*'. Howard Burkhai dt . manag- 
ing. ■ 



THE DUPLEX 

HOUSEKEEPING FURNISHED 
APARTMENTS 

330 West 43rd Street, Nevw York 
Longacre 7132 

Three and four roort.-i with bai*, 
complete kitclien. Modern In every 
particular. Will accommodate four 
or moj-e adults. 

$12.00 or WEEKLY 



RUANOAPARTNENTS 

800 Eighth Are. (49th St.) 

CHICK ERINO a.'i.'iO 
2-3 Roomit, Bath and Kitchenette. 
Accommodate 3-6 PerBons. Complete 
Hotel Service. Attractively Furnlolied, 
Dnder New Maniiicem4!n( 
KKDUCED RENTALS 



H. W."King" Fi'shor, hou.su man- 
ngA'r, i.i do))ig an m. r. on week-end 
v.aiirle .-^lious. at Piif-tlme, I'nion 
City. 



Jack Keiiie has dro.ssed up hi.s or- 
chestra at .State, Jersey City, liko 
Royal Hns.sara, incrciised jjit crew 
to 14 and has singing musicians 
working. This started Labor iJay 
night. Jon .Shaddock ronducts. 



Chris ^ror 1 ey had"^""Wn f H o/f-f h^^ 
literati over for the pverhlere of the 
Broadway I'layers nt opf^ning of 
Rlalto stork senson in Hobokon with 
"The liarker." .Sanford jVn'Auli>y 
and Allyn c;i)lyn tops ea.-^t. 



nii(l.»-iin. Union 
h(pu.«e, reoiK-ned 



f-'ii y 1"'! 1' '•c|iM' 
sfHHon, .Sunday 



Hotel Wihthrop 

TACOMA, WASH. 

Klifht Acrofl8 the - Street ,from 
Puntofccs and Rroadway Th«-ntres 
Fireproof and RonI IledN 
Rates Reanonablc 
RAY W. CLARK. Manager. 



wllh "S()( i;i.l Maid,."--." 
I'cnijiin.s ni.'i niiger. 



The f'apilol, Keith and Lincoln, 
Stimley-Kabian, Which '•ut eai'h 

jatli.er'a_.J^hr_oa4s_^ on day and date 
playing all within TTTairnril'T-o^-rat-h - 
other, start it again after a layoff. 

"The Mysterious Lnrty ' is tlie first 
to rraek tlie Ice.. 



TODidtt. S. Foreirii.n is iiK-nfiKin^ 




VARIETY 



Wednesday, September 5, 1928 




C 



THE MOST IMITATED— BUT NEVER DUPLICATED 

DOROTHY— HANNAH 

WILLIAMS 




FEATURED TWO SEASONS WITH 



GEORGE WHITE'S "SCANDALS" 



NOW FEATURED AT THE 



PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 



NEW 
YORK 



in 



JO 



iiN 



MURRAY ANDERSON'S 



it 



PARISIAN HIGHTS" 



A PUBUX UNIT 



REATORS and originators of the stop 
rhythm song and stomp dance craze. 

Broadway's biggest revue is featuring its 

name stars in the type of song and dance we 
created. 



s 



ISTER teams and singing stars can get new 
this week at the Paramount Theatre. 



Exclusive Direction 

PHIL TYRRELL 





INC 



PARAMOUNT BLDG. 



NEW YORK 




STAGE 




CENTS 



Published Weekly at .164 We«t 48tb St.. New lork. N. Dy VAH«t7, Ipa Annual eubacilptton, »lf. Sinslt ooplea. r6 cents. 
Enteri^d ae aecond-clase matter December 12. 190S. at tbe Post Office at New York. N. T.. under the act of March t, H7«. 


VOL. XCU. No. 9 


NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1928 


64 PAGES 



BIG BUSINESS IN SHOW BIZ 



His Lordship May 
Or Go Into 



Lord Norlhesk, who arrived on 
his third trip to America oh the 
satne boat with Peggy Joyce, would 
not be averse to accepting a picture 
offer. But this fact and a series of 
guffaws were about all Variety 
gl«aned from a conversation , with 
his lordship in his,a.partment at the 
"Warwick Hotel. 

Northesk could be called "The 
Man Who Laughs." When Variety 
phoned and ' asked to see Lord 
Northesk he grew so j^ysterical over 
the wire that the Variety sob sister 
said, "I'll be right up, and I hope 1 
haven't heard it before." But there 
wasn't any obvious Joke. 

Lord Northesk is very nice. He 
wore a sheiklsh dressing gown, but 
• seemed a bit shy. The Variety gal 
wanted to give royalty a break and 
apologized for asking a lot of ques- 
tions, but his lordy did not mind 
lieing questioned. But he seemed to 
find it difficult to think up any 
answers. 

"I suppose I should a.sk you about 
the sky line?" said sister. 

"Ha, ha," replied Lord Northesk. 

"Dp you like America?'-' 

"Oh, yes. Ha, ha." 

'.'Are you going to be here long, 
Mr. Northesk?" 

"Three or four months. Ha, ha, 
ha." 

"Now, this is importinent, Mr. 
Northesk; but are you going to 
marry Peggy Joyce?" 

"Oh, yes. Ha, ha. Indeed, yes. 
Ha, ha." 

"Your former wife, Jessica Brown, 
was also a charming blonde," A''a- 
^ riety's sobber reminisced. 

"Ha, ha," quoth Lord Northesk. 
It appears as if Lord Northesk 
is going to marry Peggy any time 
she wishes, after he has hi^^^ 

Twice before Northesk has been 
to America, once around Hollywood 
and now, although he has not had 
any picture offers, he may not turn 
down an offer. However, he is 
here for pleasure and is not crav- 
ing work, his lordship ,says. 

He may make it oh his exclusive 
laugh that can neither be imitated 
or duplicated. 






Cleveland Using Talkers, 
Radio to Teach Youngsters 

Cleveland, Sept. 11. 

Talkers and radio will shortly 
make reading 'n writing 'n 'rith- 
metlc a game instead of a dry task 
for local kids. 

Talking pictures are to be intro- 
duced in local public schools this 
coming year to aid teachers in 
' geograpliy, art, iind possibly his- 
f^tory and -speech en unci a tioh.= Rudio^ 
{ will be used tn broadcast arithmetic 
j tests to tlie cloment.iry grades 
i tlirouplumt the city. 

Motion pioturi's are commonly 
u.<;ed in many .';cIiools, but this, it 
is believed, is tlio fir.vt lime talkers 
and radio will bo used togpihor for 
; I'dnoati.iiial puri.o.s(.>.< in any city. 



PADLOCKS TO KEEP 
DRUNKS OUT, NOT COPS 



■ The speaks become more popular 
and more sumptuous as the nite 
clubs ebb. Recent padlock notoriety 
didn't help, and the speakeasy pro- 
prietors are frank- in siding with 
the. patrons, stating that two bits 
for a seidel of. needled beer is 
enough, as is 60 cents for straight 
drinks " and 75 cents for mixed 
drinks. .. 

This attitude is winning more and 
moi'e patrons to the anterooms. 
They are also cashing in on the 
little restaurant play, although still 
dispensing free luncheons at all 
hours to the Imbibers. 

. Remarking on the open-door 
policy so prevalent of late, the atti- 
tude Is that since you can't keep the 
cops out, the lock-and-latcli is only 
used at night to keep the drunks 
out. 

Self-respecting speaks, those who 
would keep their . following, don't 
want drink hustlers around. "The 
specie with twO) bits for a seidel of 
beer who eases into bar gatherings 
and bums drinks Is quickly told to 
ajnscray, as are those who cannot 
hold their likker. 



More Seats Than Pop; 
500 Over iit Westwood 



Packsac, new 2,500-soater at 
Westwood, N. J., opened this week 
with vaudfilm, five acts on each end 
booked by Fally Markus. 

The new house provides additional 
opposition to an already overseated 
community which has two other 
theRtf s ag^-f tinr ' a h a:d a iti o na i 
3,300, 500 over the population of the 
town. 

The . Westwood plays vaudfilm 
also on the week ends while the 
Lyceum plays straight pictures. 



Radio Voices for Talkers 



Testing voices through the radio 
microphone before giving players 
jobs in talkers wa.s introduced this 
week by Pathe in the first of Its 
Topics of the Day to be dialogod. 

After selecting oi^jht of the 50 
people he interviewed, Don Hancock, 
departmental editor, took.th<'m down 
to Wt:AF, let them talk into the 
mike and listened in from a loud 
speaker In the reception room. 



Wa.shlnglon, Soi)t. 11. 
Dlalo.:; Of a talkln? picture was 
bvoadcast here In-^t Thursday over 
WftC. 

Wltc. engineers tapped the booth 
of the Mf-iropolitan where a traik-r 
had Conmi^, NaErol announi-ing th.> 
coming of '"Lights oC New York." 



WEST, ElECTBIC 





Reported Electrical Company 
at Present Controlling 
Theatre Wiring for Sound 
Pictures Prefers to Buy 
Warners Through Fat 
Contract Held by Brothers 
for Sight and Sound Pic- 
tures — Warner - Stanley 
Deal Denied Despite 
Strong Signs it's On 



NOT U N EXPECT ED 



Western Electric is reported 
having submitted an offer to pur- 
chase the entire picture business 
of the Warner Brothers. 

Whatever negotiations have been 
started with Harry Warner are said 
to have been held up through the 
reluctance of Jack Warner, the pro- 
ducing head of the firm, to listen to 
any terms. Harry, from the report, 
considered the proffer on the under- 
standing his brothers would have 
to consent. 

The consideration for all of the 

(Continued on page 6) 



Texan Chambers of Commerce Are 
Heaven^Sent to Local Exhibitors 





RADIO'S a 

FOR POUnCAL 
BROADCASTS 



While both parties wiU spend 
close to $1,000,000 for radio ex- 
ploitation of tlieir., presidential can- 
didates, it ' will mean only that 
Radio is getting back what it had 
already expended to broadcast 
gratis the conventions and both 
Smith and Hoover's accoptanre 
speeches. 

Both the National .Broadcasting 
Go. and the Columbia Broadcasting 
System disbursed many thousands 
(Continued on page 56) 



Stage Hands vs. Actors 



A side light cm wut^e in- 
ci-easo.s for stage handt; and tin- 
claim that they are makinf? 
more mon<'y than actor.*, con- 
cerns the crew with "Tho Hi-r. 

Till' bade .st.i^'c nii'H drr-w 
i'2()() each per \v<'i-k for llo.' 
lin.'il two w*»*'Us iti r'?hi'iu>.'i!-?. 
They .reni.'iin<'d on lhf> J-j'i 
throughout on" niu'ht '>n<l unMI 
11 the n<^xt nicrnintr. 



EDDIE CLARK'S OWN 
SANDWICHING ON B'WAY 



Edward Clark, aiithor. star and 
producer of "Relations," now in Its 
fourth week at the Masque The- 
atre, tired of carrying the torch be- 
cause of the poor bijsiness pulling 
power of his attraction and late last 
week started carrying a banner 
himself advertising his show around 
Times Square. 

The double faced sign carried by 
Clark appealed for support for his 
play on the strength of its cleanli- 
ness and stated that the author, 
producer and star was not too proud 
to turn to banner ballyhooing in 
order to gain public attention for 
his brain child. 

Friday night prior, to curtain 
time at the Masque, (jlark and his 
banner made a personal appearance 
at the Public Service cut rate 
ticket agency and with the aid of 
the Leblang emporium succeeded in 
drawing a near capacity audience 
to the show, with plenty of paper 
also evident In the house. 

In a ten minute speech following 
the performance Clark told his 
audience that his show had run for 
nine weeks in Los Angeles before he 
brought it to New York; that he 
was convinced his show was the 
logical successor to the long run 
record hei(? by "Abie's Irish Rose" 
and that he has had about a dozen 
shows produced in New York in the 
last fifteen years and wlis fighting 
to keep his show going by word of 
mouth advertising, not having the 
money to pay for display; space in 
the dallie.^-. He expects to continue 
carrying his banner all this week. 

Clark authored "De Luxe Annie," 
•'Honey Clirl," "Cinder.s," "Little 
Mis.s Charity," "You're in Love" and 
several other comedies and musicals 
ofr other -yoai's, ^ ■■ . . - - 



$6 and $7.50 Cover for 
Zieggy's Frolic on Roof 



Top oouvorl cl»arg<*s will obtain 
when I'Morenz Ziegfchl opens his 
New Amsterdam Roof this fall to 
revive the Ziegfdd Mldnite Frolic. 
A week ^day toll of $6 a chair and 
?T.')0 on week-ends will be the scale. 

Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, 
Ether Shutta (Mrs. Oeorge Olsen) 
.ind Olsi'n and ' hi.-< music will be 
the fcatuf's. all doublinir from 
Zi»'giiy iiroiluctlon.'-. 



Tank tovyn indie exhibs, bemoan- 
ing the high price Liound era should 
from now ori pipe down and do a 
Uttle handshaking with their local 
Chamber of Commerce. 

According to "Warners, Chambers 
in several tiny Texas towns already 
ha,ve come to the aid of their local 
theatre, men by working the civic 
pride gag to the point of collecting 
enough dough to install the full 
equipment without even touching 
the exhlb's interest margin. 

Thei town of Temple, 16,000 souls, . 
first threw out the life saver by yls- 
itlng Its Arcadia theatre and per- 
sonally selling enough ticket books, 
at' $2.50 per, to raise 111,250. 

Teniple's chamber's Ire was 
aroused by Waco, in the same Tex- 
as and the first there to get a 
talker, pulling . the trade some 40- 
odd miles away. 

Following , the tip from Temple's 
live Chamber, the public spirited in 
Paris, Tyler, Harrington and Ran- 
ger all got the dope and have rlncc 
financed their own theatre men with 
kale for talker equipment. '' 

Dent Theatres,' Inc., Texas Saen- 
gor-attached chain. Is the first to 
cash in on the Chamberig In the 
towns. Where their 20 houses are 
located. » 



I 



/ 



No Babe Ruth Demand 



Iin\)f' Rijth has not received a singh? 
b-iil)st.uitiai thi'!iti-!f;il off'-r. A lack 
01 intfic-^l .'^irn'e lln-.I'.irn suddenly 
hiUfd hi-- li'iiJH' run .str->.';ik i.-- the. 

H;ibe h 1.1 lif.Uen y mi I.s .-.tiiit'-ks | 

•It eitlpT- y l'l l"-, ill 

■Mrici 1'J::1. 



Jolson's 3rd Marriage? 



It is inside reported that Al Jol- 
son may essay a third marriage 
during his current vLsit in New' 
York, 

Before leaving the city with his 
bride, name undisclo.ied and also 
unknown if professional, .Tol.son will 
witness the premiere of his Warner 
Brothers talker, "Singing Fool," at 
the Winter Garden Sept. 19. After 
that if there Is another Mrs. Jolson 
tlie couple rnay go to London where 
Al will again see a premiere of his 
"Ja.zz Singer" with song at the Pic- 
cadilly theatre, . « 

If carrying out his Intent to wed. 
Jolson will try to escape the tabs 
in the process. : 

Inside Broadway gossip h;i3 It 
that the ex-Tenth :a venue girl who 
herself has made a name along 
Mazda Lane, Ruby Keoler, will be 
the next Mrs. Ai Jolson, marrying 
the rnilUonairc comedian who.^e per- 
sonal fortune Is placed beyond the 
$3,000,000 mark. 

Miss Keeier, still in her 'teens, 
i.** regarded as one .of the greatest 
lap dancers. Wlien at tlie Silver 
Slii)per and Frivolity clubs slie at- 
tracted production attention, beini< 
f.itrned by Charles Dillingham. 



BROOKS 



THE NAME YOU GO BY 
WHEM YOU GO TO BUY 



1 



COSTUMES 



Ot ■ pieliu , Mj|1^7 nV/AY. NV TELSSeO PENN.I 

I > • *>.^<? COSTUMES TO RtNT - ' 



2 

e .- ■ ■ - 



VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE 
8 St. Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square 



F O P F I C W CABLE ADDRESS: VARIETY, LONDON 
^ * ^ 6276-6277 Regent Wednesday, September 12, 1928 



This In Paris 

By David Sturgis 



I'ai-iti, Awe. '^1- ■■ 
i have novel' St on im Anxei iean. 
Yet Poe \vas one; .; Lincoln;, alab. 
America has not begun. It lias not 
even been found; .100,000,000 ma- 
terialists are aU Dr. Cooks. 

lb.s(?n discovered Scaqidinavia. 
Only a poet can see at all. The 
great dramatist, already chosen , by 
the stag;e; will discover the U. S. 
His . play will- be called "The Uni- 
Ver.se." • 



• Sufferers ' 

Many lands liayo been created In 
dlfterent ways. Ureat Britain by 
greed; l>'rance by love, China by 
wisdom, and Greenland by Ice. One 
alone owes everything to suffering. 
That is America. I use .the nanie. 
One can nickname anything. 

jailors suffered with Coiumbus; 
Indians suffered to give these sa:ilors 
tood; farmers suffered while tyrants 
were driven out; the north and 
south suffered to keep the land from 
suffering more. Sufferers sought its 
suffering shoi-es from every suffer- 
ing hemisphere. Its na,me, belong- 
ing to another, has caused most 
grievious suiffei-ing. The Negroes 
were brought against their will. 
Thei'e are nO white children in 
America. The Indians are red, the 
Kegroes every . color of the rainbb.w. 
The whites are all ^rown lip. So 
America is the land of suffering. 

It is sweeping the world, flying 
its flag of suffering. Bricks and 
mortar. Sighs and flares. Musical 
hoi*rois and cinema frights. Autom- 
aton men and mechanical girls. 
Progress, progress, everywhere; 

Dramatist, are ' you reading? 
I do hot write for . preachers and 
politicians, bankers and bakers. 
The villain Is always the hero of the 
.pla,y. .No hero has ever been writ- 
ten. The Devil is American now. 
" America is corrupting the world. 
Money, money. Get gold enough to 
make the whole world suffer, We 
are the scientists of pain. We are 
the phUoisophers of woe. Get rich. 
Get rich. Make up. for the joy of 
the past. Plunge the future into 
gloom. We are Americans, coming, 
coining. We are Democracy, we are 
autocracy, we are plutocracy now. 

Actress, are you reading? I only 
write for poets .and women now. 
Misery's lust is a scowling com- 
panion. . You shall dream no more, 
Orlient, of the Golden Sun. You shall 
lovie no more, Europe of the emerald 
Venus. The Devil Is American now.. 
But the soul of the universe is a 
woman. . A battling b^eauty forever- 
more. 

. . Venice and Paris. Where Is their 
progress? A century behind the 
times. Put sputtering launches on 
the canals. Kill the pigeons for 
food. Put sign boards on the boule- 
vards. Poison the Latin pride. The 
Noi'dlcs are herfe, are here. Grunt, 
grunt, grunt. Hear the Yankee ma- 
terialist. Come down to earth. The 
stage! the stage!. 
I sound the alarm! 



behind in art. llonce the .oxilos .to 
Ihc dLStant charms. 

Huneker loved Mary Garden. Bal- 
zac longed for Poland 17 years. I 
ami writing near Notre Dame where 
du Maurier dreamed of: Trilby. 
Through a rose windov^r a silver 
smile. Au r.evoir, Baklanova. 



Wisdom of the Blind 

A sign of the drama Is its loaning 
toward journalism. When Ibsen and 
Northcliffe get together Calvin and 
iiryan . flee- A journalist is a po<et 
with the dramatic expression of the 
people. A reporter? A reptile whose 
neck should be snapped at birth. 
Where is there a journalist? Find 
one. There is not a writer of any 
kind anywhere. 

Author of "Ariel," biographer of 
"Bismarck?" Two hungry intellec- 
tuals deceiving the mob in return 
for money. O'Neill? The Theatre 
Guild produced his plays. What an 
epitaph for this elementary occult- 
ist. Bernard Shaw? "His idea of 
a drama is emotion killed by ridi- 
cule, romance destroyed by satire"— 
Henderson. Therefore, without 
knowing It, he is an athlest. For 
the soul is romance, the spirit, ad- 
venture. 

All iritellectuals are cowards. 
When the poet appears they rlin 
like' crab.s. 



Olga Baklanova 

■James Huneker loved Mary Gar • 
den. She can neither sing, nor act. 
Art is higher than Monte Carlo. I 
love Olga Baklanova. She is the 
universe In dramatic poetry. I have 
finished a play, "The Sphinx," for 
her. Tears on the Pleiades should 
she never Illumine the leading role. 

Morris Gest has committed hor- 
rible crimes. A dungeon for his pro - 
ductions of "The Miracle" and 
"Aphrodite." Now his atonement. 
He guided Olga Baklanova to Hol- 
lywood. I saw her in "The Man Who 
Laughs" and "Three Sinners." The 
screen -has begun. Lya de Putti .and 
IDmil Jannlngs came from Germany. 
Greta Garbo from Scandinavia and 
their art Is stricken with commer- 
cial theories. But Olga iBaklanova. 
female In beauty, Rus.sian.ln power 
comes from the magic land of Piish- 
. kin and Poe. The first to give the 
screen the touch that' lasts. Star of 
stars, as Shelley was the poet of 
poets.. 

1 saw her first in "Carmoncita and 
the Soldier." The Moscoav Art theatre 
was humiliating the U, S. A. Tier 
entrance stung like genius. A sinis- 
ter stare from a shadow. The char- 
acter was established without the 
labors of the Theater Guild. She 
played Carmen like a' naked wo- 
nrian. Eve unashamed of her radi- 
ance. Not the brain of Mrs. Fiskf^, 
not the heart of Laurette Taylor, 
but the Russian soul in a Spanish 
scene.. The Anglo-Saxon Is centuries 



Imp of the Perverse 

Read Sturgis and be wise. He is 
flinging homillies at pandemonium. 
He sees the outer below from the 
Inner above. The. talkers, the talk- 
ers. Fllmdom's newest empiry. 
When, the admirers hear the voices 
of their idols! I courted a hoyden 
for years by mail. We met in the 
moonlight — when she opened her 
mouth — :! I shall be there when the. 
dummies talk on the screen. 

The American voice is the most 
horrible on earth. The Imp of the 
Perverse Is loose again. The pres- 
ent leaders in life and art? He 
created them with his grin. Cinema 
stars? All from the funny bone of 
this mischievous gentleman. The 
only cure for atrocity lis niore atror 
city. 1. am recording in a. Paris 
court. Nearby Is an American bar. 
An American gramophone Is talking 
through its nose. An American 
business man is talking through his 
hait, I let the imp out 50 years ago, 
I wish I'd kept him in the cave. 



Artists Drinking Water 

Mohtparnasse is reading "The 
Well of Loneliness. , It will likely 
become the Rhetoric of the Dome. 
It Is Havelock Ellis through the 
nlonocle of Miss Radclyffe Hall. 
Same theme as "The Captive." 

That Swaffcr Purltania, *he Sun- 
day Express of London, calls for 
its suppression. Horace Llveright 
win sell it to Gilbert Miller as a 
work of Oscar Wilde. America will 
hail it in 1966, 




GEORGIE WOOD 

Tell me, is the Palace Monday 
matinee crowd as easy as ever? 
Does it still think it is wise? Do 
certain American reporters still de-. 
lude themselves they are journalists 
and think they cornpa're with Hari- 
nen Swaffer? Is Barry Lupino ever 
coming home again? Do you recog- 
nize his great talents? Did Bob 
Hall do the same show twice at the 
Sophie Tucker charity show? Yes! 
I'm still with Julian Wylie's "Fol- 
lies," and some nights I'm quite a 
good actor. Yes, indeed. 



Chatter In Havana 



Havana, Sept. 5. 
Ix>ts of heat, and theatres are suf- 
fering terribly. Only one film house 
in Havana has a cooling syistem. 
This is the newly built EncantOi 
. Prices have been slashed from 80 
cents and $1 to 40 cents for pictures 
and presentations. . 



5, 10 and 20 

Theatrical Ten Cent is the name 
given to a new company which had 
leased the National theatre, Havana's 
opera house, for film vaude. The 
prices are 20 cents for orchestra, 10 
cents for first balcony, and 6 cents 
for second balcony. 

Program announces seven acts, 
two shorts and a feature film. 
Cheapest of acts comprise the bill. 



Wintz Bringing "King" 

George WJntz may bring "The 
Vagabond King" here this winter in- 
stead of the "Follies." 

WIntz') clean ed^ up last season dur- 
ing his 10-day stay with his "Fol- 
lies." 



What Is Nudity? 

. That is the question. Saw a 
Frenchman arrested in Deauville on 
the plage. He was giving his ianat- 
omy a sun bath. 

A lady claimed he was careless 
with his costume. She shrieked 
with prudery ; the scandal went into 
court. The judge smiled It Into ob- 
livion. 

Vive la France! 



Poiret Over Again 

I Paris, Sept. 11. 

Paul Poiret, the male dressmaker. 
Is again pointed for an American 
fashion lecture tour. 

He's due over on your side In 
November, booked oti the concern 
plan. 



HENRY CARSON AGCY. 

Intemntlonal Variety, Plctnre IMoyers 
and Theatrical R4>i)reBentativeB 

78, Avenue des Champs Elysees 

PARIS 

Cables: Booking, Paris 
rhone: Elysee 03-19 
Good Acts Always Needed 



Admirar' Doubtful 

London, Sept. 11. 
"The Admiral's Secretf' opened at 
the Strand last night, impressing as 
a rather wealc farce well played by 
a,n exceptional company. 
. It's success is doubtful. 



CONNOLLY IN PARIS 

London, Sept. 11. 

Jack Connolly has gone to Paris, 
recovered from his recent opera- 
tion for appendicitis. 

After the operation Connolly re- 
marked he rather liked It, especial- 
ly as the surgeons had cut out only 
his appendix. 



SAILINGS 

Sept. 15 (New York to lyondoh) ; 
Mitzi Vernill, Charles Collins, 
Trixie Friganza (Leviathan). 
-=-Sep t7 -14^- (-New--y G rk^to=I3ei;ljua)..^M 
J. (lOurland (Majestic). 

Sept. 8 (London to New York) 
Fay Complon, Ian €Iunter (Be.ren- 
garla). — ► 

Sept. 7 (New York to London) 
Eugene W. Ca.stle (He de France). 

Sept. 4 (San Franoi.sco to Syd- 
ney), the Harlotniins, Tom Mahonoy 
(.Manoa). 



Early Start 

Mohtmartre cabaret, the best In 
town; opens in October, as will the 
Sevllle-Biltmore roof. 

The season will be starting earlier 
this year thaii previously. 



Sloppy Joe's bar is as deserted as 
a grave yard. 



Chatter In Paris 



Paris, Sept. 1. 

About the best piece of news is 
the announcement that several of 
the 'phone centrals have gone auto- 
matic. Paris will be rid of its worst 
pestilence when the telephone 
scourge has been cleared up. 

Anybody knows that It is phenom- 
enal to get a number within a half 
hour here. 



Plaza Tiller girls have 32 weeks 
booked in the States arranged by 
the Billy -Arnold office. The 12 girls 
will be featured in several shows 
here before going to America. They 
will open In Boston Aug. 1, 1929. 

Gilbert White, who paint.s, married 
Herta Stenger. 



"Trained .fl.eas live nine years if 
they are" fed on human blood, M. 
Rodoff, Paris' champion fiea trainer, 
guardedly announced the other day. 



A tiny Amerlca,n theatre, seating 
300, will be completed shortly in the 
Latin quarter, which will house 
risque plays, accprdlng to announce- 
ment. 



England needs a press agent, de- 
clares John Barton Brown, advertis- 
ing specialist from Los Angeles. 

Has he never heard of the Prince? 



Paris programs (legitimate) : .Sep- 
tember 10 — Rose Marie (Mogador), 
Neuf (Theatre Femina), La Dame 
aux Camelias (Saraih Bernhardt), 
r J:t]^lL^ -SS^^^ ^(Daunou), 

L'ArlesIcnne and rei)ert<5lre"Ti53eon')7 
Ma Soeur ct Mol (Athonee), La 
Guitare et le Jazz (Nouveautes), 
Terminus. (Avenue), La, Madone des 
Sleepings (Renaissance), Week End 
(Potiniere), La DesertcusQ (Falics 
Dramatiques), Coiffeur de Dame.s 
(Theatre de Paris), La Baigneuse 
du Lido (Palais Royal), Passionnc- 
ment (BouffeJi), Vient de Paraitre 



Egypt ' Chatter in London 



Cairo, Aug. 17. 
Artistic tJchiblllons have been pre 
sented at the Kursaal theatre by 
Lydia Johnson.. She has done very 
welli 

Among thie best features are a 
Russian dance 'by NeKson and 
Markoff and the _ caricatures of 
Wandok. 

• Company includeis 16 girls. 



First performance of " Much 
Ado' . . 4, ' cabaret revuia in two 
parts, written And produced by C. 
Wortman, was Well received. 

Music is by the White Knights 
with Ivy June, C. Wortman, Miss 
Bbni, Robert Milton in the trpiipe; 



Appearing at the Kit Kat, cab- 
aret, are Olga Cohenca, dances; 
Cooper and Slmco,' dances; "Three 
Sisters," dances, and Nibor, Parisian 
musicrhall .singer. , 

Among other artists who are 
working here are Whiard and Delly, 
Victoire . and Siegfrld, Armande 
d'Or, Francetta 'Holazova and Ju- 
liette de Rltter. 



More dancing takes place at the 
Fantasio cabaret at Giza, near 
Cairo. 

La Petite Lill performs, Thilda 
sings, Hungarian dances are done 
by Arthemise; Roumanian dance by 
Marcella, Rus.sian dance by Alex- 
andra, English dance and songs by 
Joy June. 

In addition there are Norden, 
Geraldy, Maruska, Riandi'es and 
Zulaika. Jolly Fellows orchestra is 
the dance Inducement, 



Amin Sidky's troupe continues to 
draw to the gardens of the Pyra- 
mids.. Comedy last playedwas "The 
Inspector of Agriculture," an oper- 
etta in. three acts composed by Amin 
Sldky, 

Principal roles are always as- 
sumed by M. Bahgatand Dolly An- 
toine. 



Aziza Amir, who first undertook 
the film, industry here, will produce 
a film entitled "Isis." 

A young Egyptian girl, Behidja 
Hafez, of an aristocratic family, will 
enter pictures here. 



London, Sept. 1. 

Opening of the Oiurlot revue was 
distinctly New Y.orki.^ih in- atmos- 
phere so far as the audience was 
concerned. Standing in the lobby 
between the first and second part.-* 
of the show wAs a group of girls 
surrounding Gordon Selfridge. It in- 
cluded, of course, Jennie Dolly, 
Fanny Ward, Ethel Levey, Gertie 
Vanderbilt, Cecir Cunningham and 
Claudia Coleman, 



AMERICANS ABBOAD 

Paris, Sept. 1. 
In Piaris: Thornton Wilder, W. O. 
McGeehan, Mary Lawton, Ruth 
Donnely, Boris Aronson (designer), 
Carl Laemmle (Universal), Mrs. 
Fred Thomson, Dolores Del Rio, 
William Stanley (Wrigley Chewing 
Gum Co.), Pat Casey, John I. Mur- 
dock, Jos. P, Kennedy, Janet Adam- 
son (opera singer^, Edwin Carewe, 
Hedda Hopper, Reine Vallery, Billy 
Halligah, Ted Lewis, 



PREPARE FRENCH "B'WAY" 

Paris, Sept. 11. 

Elizabeth Nortli Is supervising 
rehearsals for the French vei-sion 
of "Broadway,'/ due shortly at the 
Madeleine theatre, Paris. 

During the preparation of the 
drama the stage is occupied by the 
Camila Quiroga Argentine troupe, 
who advertise themselves as. from 
the Manhattan theatre. 



Mitzi Talks Retirement 

Paris, Sept. 11. 
Mitzi, accompanied by her hus- 
band, Boyd Marshall, arrived in 
Paris on her way to her home via 
Marseilles. She told reporters .she 
intends to retire from the stage 
after her next year's tour. 



(MlGhodlere), Michel Strogoff (Chat- 
elet). Waltz Dream (Gaite), Le 
Danceur Inconnu (Varletes), Le 
Petit Cafe (Madeleine), Le Jeu du 
Mari (Antoine), Le Chemln de. 
Buenos Ayres (Amblgu), Skin Deep, 
etc. (Albert I, Engli.sh Players), 
Maya (Avenue), Chantecler (Porte 
St, Martiii), Trbis Jeunes Fllles 
Nues (Marigny), La Robe de Perles 
(Michel), Repertoire at Opera, 
Opera-Comlque, Comedie-Franclse. 



The recent expose that the Gibbs 
twins' operation was a publicity 
hoix wrangled a number of the 
scribes here. The story was cabled 
to this Bide and played up. 

In fact, pictures were shot across 
the Atlantic as fast as the ocean 
greyhounds could fetch them. 

The most delightful piece of news 
since the armistice is that hundreds 
of taxi drivers were ruthlessly ar- 
rested for tooting their loud speak- 
ing horns In the eArly hours of the 

The new prefect of polii-'c. Joan 
(Continued on page 41) 



Charles W'hittaker, who writes 
scripts and things and worked for 
the Blattner outfit five weeks, 
walked out on them. He now forms 
his own producing !companj', regis^- 
tered under conipany laws, to make 
quota films for Paramount. 



Thomas J. Ryan, 72 years young 
man of vaudeville, went to the Hol- 
born Empire while here recently. 
He found the place, much different 
than when he worked there some 
40 years ago. Ir ' those days he 
worked with his wife (Rya;n & Rich- 
field) and occasionally , his spouse 
used to be indisposed, with the re- 
sult the theatre had to have a depu- 
ty who used to collect the Ryan and 
Richfield salary. This sort of thing 
was becoming too regular. 

One day Ryan .made up his mind 
he would have a peep at the deputy. 
He found him- to be a, singer of 
comic songs. The next time his wife . 
became indisposed Ryan told • the 
management he could deputize- for- 
the team. And he did that sort of 
thing- pretty regularly, thus cql- 
lect'ing a diouble salary for the price 
of one, and . the Richfield part of the 
act claiming indisposition more 
often than evex'. 



Henry Slierek, agent, fieems to 
have a knack of isigning American; 
artists for English productions just 
about when they have booked th'elf 
passage home. A recent effort bf 
his was the securing of a contract 
for Evelyn Hoey for Claiyton & Wal- 
ler's "Good News," just as she was 
stepping on the boat at Cherbourg. 

He nearly, repeated the same per- 
formance . with Mary Charles fo^r 
"Virginia," the new Clayton & Wal- 
ler Palace show. But Miss Charles, 
suddenly received a cable from A. E. 
Matthews, with whom 'fehe has a 
contract, to return to Chicago to' 
open in "Interference" Oct. 1. 



Performers as a rule suffer from 
jealousy. Thei-e are exceptions.. 
Herb Williams is one. Befofe 
Claudia Coleman opened at. the Lon- 
don Coliseum recently, Hei-b made 
her run through her material, and 
(ieleted what he deemed unsuitable 
for English consumption. 

The result was Miss Coleman's 
renditions were perfectly balanced 
and the characters well understood. 



"Abie's Irish Rose," which Clay- 
ton and. Waller revived, is prac- 
tically booked for- a year's provincial 
tour, Joe Greenwajd, in the show, 
has a contract to be sole, feature 
and a cut in of 5 percent on any 
gross above $2,500, 

Show has been doing around. 
$6,500 weekly, . 



"Bunny" Warren, late manager of 
the Plaza, and more recently man- 
ager of Tussaud's picture theatre, 
has joined General Theatre in a 
managerial capacity. 



Experiment of running a cabaret 
in the Cafe Royal has proved so 
successful the managemetit is mak- 
ing it a permanent affair. Cabaret 
closed for August and September, 
but reopens Oct. 1. 



Dick Henderson, due back on 
Keith's in October for 35 weeks, has 
been asked by General . Theatres 
Corp. and the Victoria Palace, after 
he opened, to postpone his trip for 
a-month in order to play return en- 
gagements. I-Iendersbn got permis- 
sion to stay the extra mbnthi . 



,D. J. Clarke is suing Noble Si.ssle 
for breach of contract. Sissle was 
booked on the Clarke tour, embrac- 
ing Birkenhead (two dates), Bel- 
fast and. . Dublin, The amount 
claimed as damages is $5,000. : 



Maslova Back in London 

London, Sept. 11. 
Returning from a six -rtonths* 
Continental tour, Maslova opened 
at the Alhambra (A'audeville) yes- 
terday and scored .splendidly^ 



Kelsos Booked 

London, Sept. 11, 
Kelso Bros, open at the Palladium: 
Oct. 15 for two week$. 



Myron-Pearl at Empire 

I'aria. Sopt, 11. . 
-M.x ro aixdL P-o arl . -da n e ers^ cipen 
ing at the Empire .'^cpt. 7, di<f 
nicely. 



DAVID STURGIS ^^^^ universal theatre 

The Hollywood, 7 Rue Daunou, Paris Telephone Louvre 03-83 



Wednesday, September 12, 1928 



FOREIGN 



VARIETY 



London as It Looks 

By Hannen Swaf fer 



, London, Augr. 31. ' 

How on earth do artists get publicity? What is "the secret of it? I 
thought I knew something about it. 

For Instance, when, for the first time, I met Herman Starr, who has 
come over to run Vitaphone for Warner Brothers, he greeted me with 
the words "I have read all your T and 'we' stuff In 'Variety'." 

Every American on arrivaj says soniething like that. 

"I only use the word .'we* when I write for the Bible," I replied. "In 
'Variety' I am always T." ♦ 



, The Revolution of the Talkies 

Now this Vitaphone Aieuns probably the greatest revolution in amuse- 
ment since the fldnis came. . 

They showed "The Terror" in secret here two days ago. Now, here 
la- Edgar Wallace trade showing his first two self-made movies this 
week and beside two plays in London, he has '"The Terror" among his 
successes on tour. He sold the film rights In "The Terror" some time 
ago for ^15,000, and the talker rights were included. 

NoWk "The Terror" comes here as a talker in a few weeks — It will 
follo'w"The Jazz Singer," London's first sound film, at the Piccadilly— 
and within' a few months, . when provincial installations are made, this 
talker can go on tour and knock Edgar Wallace's drama sideways. 

Yet, I find little mention In the newspapers about this talker revolu- 
tion. There seems a great deal of prejudice here. The silent film in- 
terests are great, i suppose. 



Fay Ma.rbe Again and Again 

When it comes to silly little things, however, newspapers shriek. 

I find, for instance, that Fay Marbe ha;^ been breaking. In. again. All 
she has donef In this .country is to' appear for a fevy weeks In "The Blue 
Kitten," tell the jury, in the Jan^es White case, that she was a New 
York star, make a terrible flop at Kew, where she api)eared for one 
week in a play she backed herself, and then has been away in Germany. 

Yet, "with her new statement that she is now off to New York to 
make sound pictures, she gets more boost than the talkers themselves. 

AH I have seen her dp is to sit roUnd the Savoy, drive about In an 
aiito'mobile, and; get space In the papers. The "Star," particularly, has 
been giving her space aibout nothing time after time. Thenj the, "Star" 
falls for. these space-wanglers until it makes Itself ridiculous. 

Hundreds of artists in England struggle on, eating their hearts out. 
Pay Marbe, who does nothing, gets boost after boost. I am writing about 
this because it Is of the gravest import to every artist and every mia.n- 
ager of how the duds get the publicity, and the real people remain un- 
noticed like violetSr 



The Case of Herb Williamis 

The third problem is the case of Herb Williams. Now, for years this 
comedian has been doing a turn on the vaudeville stage. 

He has topped the bill: He Is- a polished pianist and a man with a 
great sense of humor. Millions of people have laughed at him. He has 
been to England, time after time, unheralded, but . merely a successful 
inj»n. 

Then, suddenly, he goes into revue. iReglnald Arkell, the editor of 
"London Calling," describes him a3"the funniest maii In the world." 
Instantly, there Is a boom, in Herb Williams. Edgar Wallace writeis a 
whole column about him in the "Morning Post." One critic boasts. In 
print, he had been to see him nine tiines. 

Herb Williams, merely because he went into revue, is now one ot the 
most' boomed comedians who ever came from your side. Why on earth 
is this?. He is wondering himself. 



Gossip Writers Write the Bunk 

Artists do not know it, but much of their present day publicity is 
due to the fact that gossip writers know very few peot)le by sight. 
That is why. If people like Phyllis Mionkmah go to a first nlgJit, gossip 
writers all say "Phyllis Monkman was sitting in the stalls," the reason 
being she was the only person whorh they could recognize. 

I mention Phyllis Monkman merely as a . case. . Everyone knows 
Phyllis Monkman's face, oT course. 

But you would think from the gossip paragraphs, that Phyllis Monk- 
man was far more Important than the play, although her presence in 
the theatre would merely mean that, at the time, she was out of work. 



The Case of a Manager 

McQueen Pope is an interesting case of publicity. I am always seeing 
him interviewed in some newspapers, especially the "Star." Now, Pope, 
who Is a friend of mine, is merely the house manager of the Duke of 
Yorks. Yet, now and then, he issues a sort of proclamation, just like 
Cochran, Rheinhardt, or Dr. Walford Bodle— at least, they read like 
proclamations when you see them in print. 

Other managers wonder why It is. They do not understand, I sup- 
pose, that McQueen Po'pe is the only house manager the "Star" has ever 
heard of. 



iGene Tunney. Hates It 

These real fellows like Gene Tunney - won't have publicity. I sat the 
other day for a couple of hours with Gene, the Marquis of Clydesdale, 
the boxing heir to a dukedom, and Hugh Walpo.le, the novelist, talking, 
but not for- puhllcatlon. . - • ■ ^ _ ..^-^ — • • ^ 

"I am through with interviewis/' Gene said. "Even the. New York 
"Wotld' man, who came all this way . over with me, hasn't got a word 
for print. I do not want my photograph in the papers. I do not want 
to be recognized in the street. I have retired." 

Kindly and charming. Gene, talked and listened. His speech at the 
Harry Preston dinner — Harry always gives one when an American boxer 
ot note arrivesr^-was . a sensation. Arjiold Benneti: and several other 
authoi-s sat rather cynically until Gene got up on his feet. Then his 
unforced eloquence held the gathering spellbound for half an hour while 
he talked of his hatred of the manklller In the boxing ring. He spoke 
. without a note arid without preparation. It was wonderful. 

Gene talked .delightfully. He has ten times the brains and fifty times 
the poise of all those .space grabbers. 

He knew me, by the way. 



The Case of a Young Fat Man 

Then there is the case of Rex Evan.s, a fat young man who, having 
lost his own money, tried a vaudeville act and failed, only to be boosted 
in a most ridiculous way when he went into cabaret. 

I have never seen him in cabaret. I do not go to such places. I am 
not one of tho.^e newspaper men who like free suppers. By. the way, 
this free-supper cra25e on tlie part of some newspapermen is becoming 
a scandal. 

^ J^5^_ ,!Lf*^r..^^Z' l°£_^TllJi'l<^hL i^'i^^''.-Lh^^^^ 
l^aipers: They STr.said how clover Tie was." i heard "storios, too, of how 

(Continued on page 41) 




WILL MAHONEY 

The Boston "Globe" said: "Will 
Mahoney is. the most skillful in 
knowing how far to make absurd- 
ity score as a laughing tonic. As 
an ^entertainer he. Is a riot. As a 
singer and dancer his nonsense Is 
Infectious. In his line there are 
few who can pretend to keep pace 
with him." . 

. . Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 BROADWAY 



$24,440 for Palladhim 
IstmofStVaode 



London, Sept. 11. 
Receipts for the Palladium's flr^t 
week in resuming a vaudeville pol- 
icy, starting SepL 3, wieire $24,440. 
Gross would have gone over $25,0OQ^ 
but for the usual allotment Of. press 
seats and Invitatlonu, 

House continues to make every eif- 
fort to secure name acts. Next week 
Beatrice Lillie comes In to stay a 
fortnight. Van arid . Scherick , open 
Oct. 1, Kelso Brothers Oct: 15 and 
Jackie Coogan in November. 

A last minute brain-storm yester - 
day pushed Ann Suter on as mis- 
tress of ceremortiea for the current 
bill, a task she performed credit- 
ably. 

At the first show last night busi- 
ness was only fair, but the final per- 
formance played to complete capac- 
ity. 



Winter Garden Buy Is 
Obstacle to *Fuiiny Face' 

London, Sept.. 11. 
•^ Libraries have Just made a new 
$60,000 deal for "So This Is Love," 
the Laddie CUft show at the Winter 
Garden, which has its peculiar re- 
action on the fortunes, of ' -Funny 
Fsuce." 

Latter piece has a provisional 
contract for the Winter Garden, 
but the advance ticket deal inter- 
feres so that the musical will have 
to play around in the Provinces un- 
til Christmas, or make an entirely 
new arrangement for some other 
London playhouse. 

Bernard Clifton, a former chorus 
boy, who Jumped Into Roy Royston's 
part in Clayton & Waller's "The 
Girl Friend," has now been engaged 
for the Juvenile role In "Funny 
Face." 



Lincoln Eyre Dead 

- ^ — -Parlsr Sept. llv 
Death of Lincoln Eyre, widely 
known newspaper man, in Berlin 
will be a severe blow to the pro- 
fession, stage and pictures, over 
here. 

He did as much. If not more, than 
any single man to help the pro- 
fession along on the Continent as 
president of the American Club and 
as a memher of most of the theat- 
rical clubs in Berlin. He waa con- 
stantly called on by the profession 
for aid which he never refused. 



'MarinesV After 'Ben-Hur' 

Paris, Sept, 11. 

"Tell It to. the Marines" follows 
"Bcn-Hur'- when It closes at the 
Madeline Cinema, Sept. 11, after 
running 16 mOnths, twice daily and 
without interruption. 

The . bill at the Gaumont Is 
Aretrp-Ooldwy 

\vhile the "Pajamouni has "Street 
Angel." 



ANGLO-AMERICAN NEWS STORE s 



'roprletors, Jl. C. Wlllla & Co., Telpphon© Recent B748, Always the 
m.ost Up-to-tho-Mlnule Stock of American Publications, Bureau de 
ChanRc, KnRlli<h, American and Continental Newsdealers, Ppeclal 
Dlatrll)uti)r.s for' "Variety" and the World's ■ Stage and Screen rubllratlons. All the World's publications delivered or 
mailed to any nrldrcss. 1 Oreon' Strpet, I.,elceBter Square. T>ondon W. C. 2. flub.<)crlptlonB received for all home and 
foreign newspaper.s. p»-rlO(llcnls nnd inaKnzlnp.i. Llbralrle ConUncntale, 37 "Wllthn Koad (Victoria Station), London, 
S. "W. 1. Ti'lcphoh", Victoria 0000. \Villis' N'^ w.sciBPnry, 130b Brompioii Road, S..W, 1, Tflephone J?Ioan«i 2794. 



Lauder's 1st Miss 



London, Sept. 11. 

Sir Harry Lauilor ha.^ mis.<?cd 
a performance for the first 
time in 25 years. 

It happened yesterday when 
the Scot failed to open at the 
Alhambra, Glasgow. lie is con- 
fined to hig bed with a cold. 



*^SONG OF SEA" BIG 



Life of Nelson Comes From the 
German — Splendidly Staged 



London, Sept. -11. 

"Song of the Sea," historical play 
set to miislc, prorhises to be ti big 
success at His Majesty's, opening 
late last week. 

Piece, which concerns Lord Nel- 
son, Britain's naval hero, and. Lady 
Hamilton, strangely conies as an 
adaptation from the Gern an. Score 
is the work of Edward Kunneke. 

It is a pretentious production, in- 
telligently cast; and magnificently 
staged. Was well received at the 
premiere with "ascending enthusi- 
asm at the finale. Reviewers are 
unstinted In praise. Prospect of a 
major success. 



Fern Andra's Lost Nerve 

London, Sept. 11. 

British Filmcraft went to a lot 
of expense last week for nothing. 

Company gave a full vaudeville 
performance ait the Hippodrome 
Sunday night "to make wire walk- 
ing sequences by Fern Andra. But 
with the house completely occupied 
and all lights set, Fern got cold 
feet at the last rnlhute and ducked 
out. ... 



Framing Far Ahead 

London, Sept. 11. 
C. B. Cochran's new sho\y for 
thie Pavilion is being planned for, 
although it will not be needed be- 
fore next March. Piece will be 
written by Cole Porter, and nego 
tlations are on for MortOn Downey 
to play the leading role. 
■ Downey figures in another pend 
Ing deal, being Invited to take lead 
in a British Dominion film to be 
called "Mountains of Moume," 
planned as. the first talker of Eng- 
lish manufacture. 



PARIS SEASON OPENS 
WITH TWO MILD HITS 



Dancer in Talk Role 

London, Sept. 11. 
Mitzl Vernlll and Charles CoHIns, 
her partner, sail from New York 
on the Leviathan Sept. 15, engaged 
for Joe Sacks' revival of "The Lilac 
Domino," due Oct. 22 for opening In 
Gardiflf and confilng to the West 
End, at a house not yet named, 
Nov. 8. 

Miss Vernlll will have a speaking 
role, besides contributing her dance 
specialty. 



Coward Play in Paris 

Paris, Sept. 11. 
Rossi announces the production, 
understood to be under English 
sponsorship, of Noel. Co ward's "Hay 
Fever," renamed "Week-end," at 
the Theatre Potiniere, opening 
Sept. 14. 

It will be followed by Bibcsco's 
new comedy, "Quatuor," with Alice 
Cocea and Debucourt, ' about the 
middle of Octoberv . 



Frazee*s Phoney 

Paris, Sept. 11. 
Harry Frazce's press agent wins 
the royal garboon for .slipping over 
the yarn about his son and doctor 
coming over here: because of Harry's 
illness. 

Frazee is having a pretty good 
time. When asked about tho story 
he ba.shfuily adniltted that his boy 
must have beconie a little nervous 
because of telephonic, conversation. 



London Without Rain 

Paris, Sept. 11. 
. Although the weather continues 
quite warm, there has been very 
little rain lately. 

Legit attractions are opening, or 
preparing to open with the man- 
agers expressing satisfaction on 
scat sales. 

-=-=Maxlmum--tempepatupe^last -week- 
was 85. 



Paris, Sept. 11. 
Tho Paris season in.ty be said to 
liavp- opened with two newcomers, 
both moderate successes. 

"li'Eau a la Bouche" ("Water in 
the Moufh") is the title of a new 
operetta; book by Sorge Veber; 
music by Philippe Pares and 
Oeorgea Van Parys. Presented by 
Jane Rcnouardt. . Reception was 
favorable despite risque dialog and 
trivial plot. 

Story, concerns students who visit 
tiressmaliers In an adjoining apart- 
ment and there studying the verb 
"to love." Simonne, the c'aLughter 
of a wealthy family, becomes 
enamored of Toto and takes tho 
place of a seamstress. The couple 
become engagea in spite ot the 
plots of a real s.mi' • , vcss, wh i Iso 
loves Toto. In the cast are Fer- 
nand Gravey, Carlos Conte, Dalio 
Miles, Loulou Hegoburri and Ger- 
malne Auger. 

"Neuf" a Comedy 
The Theatre Femina, which has 
managed to remain open all sum- 
mer. Inaugurates the regular sea- 
son, with "Neuf," a comedy by 
Lucien MeyrarguO, reqelved with 
much favor. It is an amusing 
piece of four acts, concerning an 
artist husband, deep in debt and 
uriai,ble to sell his pictures, but. 
loving an extravagant wife, who 
visits a gambling house where he 
plays, baccarat. He cOntinuea to 
catch nine-spots and wins a for- 
tune, but tells the wife he got the 
money by. a daring burglary for Ixer 
sake. 

The wife, fearing . for his fate, 
makes arrangements to get a sum 
of money from a. wealthy admirer, 
on the usual terms, but before she 
is compromised she learjts the 
truth of thei windfall and pay^ the 
loan back and they live . haPPily 
ever afterward. 

In the cast are Maurice Remy, 
Paul Asselin, Camille Calvat and 
Mile. Plerette Calllol. 



"EXCELSIOR V" MILD 



Banned, by Censor and Tried !n New 
Form, Looks Like Failure 



Apollo Opens Sept. 14 

Pari.s, Sept. li. 
Sayag is making arrangorhents to 
Inaugurate vaudeville at the Apollo 
Sept. 14. Ted Lewis will be tho 
feature of the first bill. 



London, Sept. 11, 
"Excelsior V," another of those 
comedies adapted from the French, 
was staged at the Playhouse. This 
Is the piece tried out three years 
ago for a single performonce Sun- 
day afternoon and then banned by 
the censor.. 

The new .version has been care- 
fully edited and In Its emasculated 
form Is pretty mild. Gladys Cooper 
appears as sponsor, but the piece, 
despite her great personal popular- 
ity, looks like a conclusive failure. 



"VIEGINIA" SET 

London, Sept. 11. 
Claj^ton & Waller's new show, 
"Virginia," Is set for opening at 
Cardiff, Sept. 24, coming to the Pal- 
ace about the middle of October. 



INDEX 

Foreign 2-3 

Pictures , . . . . 4-31 

Picture Reviews......... 12-27 

Film House Reviews 45 

Vaudeville ...... i ...... . 34-44 

-Vaude Reviews . . * . , -46 

New Acts. ..... ..... 46 

Bills .. 42-43 

Times Square. . . . . . . . . . . 47-48 

Editorial 49 

Women's Page..*... .... 48 

Legitimate 50-55 

Music. ...... . . . , . . . . . . . . . 61-58 

Outdoors ................ 59 

Obituary 59 

Correspondence ......... 60 

Letter List......... . 63 

Inside— Pictures. 49 

Inside — Vaude ........ 38 

Talking Shorts. 12 

Literati 24 

News of Dailies. ........ 38 

Legit Reviews. .\ . . . . 53-55 

Foreign Film News . .... 6 
Burlesque 44 



The Tiller Dancing ScBooIs 

of America, Inc. 

54 WEST 74th ST., NEW YORK 

MART READ, President 

Phone Endlcott 821B-6 
Now Clashes Now Forming 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, September 12, 192$ 



A. K. COMEDIANS 
ROACH-USED 
FORSHORTS 



Los Angples. Sept. 11. 
A. K. cumediansS of full length 
film comedies who don't know 
where tliey are going to land may 
yet nnd themselves in Hal Roach's 
hacUyard. 

Roach, the two-reel fun maker, 
has in mind four of the long boy 
comics who can't find anyone else 
to grow interested in them at pres- 
ent. ■ , . . 

'Taking these burned up foolish 
ers out of the five and six reels to 
compress thorn and their stuff 
intb.two-reelers is the trick Roach 
has up his sleievc or on his lot. 

Clowns well' publicized from their 
full length days and not so long ago 
with any of the quartet is the stuff, 
Hal thinks, for two-reel funnies. , 

Roach even says it may not be 
necessary to sound the reducers, as 
they will probably squawk plenty 
themselves. 



Syracuse Hot and Bothered 
Again; Now Evelyn Brent 



Chorus Girl Crashes 



Mary Dofan,, a chorus girl 
with "Rio Rita," has crashM 
the movies. 

M-G-M has signed hor for 
a probationary period. \ 



Syracuise, N. Y., Sept. 11. 
•■Toure another." . Thai's Evelyn 
Brent's answer to those Syracusans 
who, claiming to, have been her inti- 
mates in childhood here, have ^ac- 
cused the actress of havnig a short 
memory. Exchange of compliments 
between Miss Brent and Syracusans 
who knew her when had their in- 
ception when a press agent inno- 
cently denied the screen actress had 
ever lived in this city, and ^"ilt foi 
her a picturesque background that 
ranged from Tampa. Fla.. to New 
York. 

Syracusans averred, that Miss 
Brent was "little Minnie Riggs. of 
Temple street." Miss Brent, con- 
fessing to. a Syracuse past, never- 
theless flres a few hot shots in re- 
turn and saying she never was 
called "Minnie." Her name is Mary 
Elizabeth Rlggs. 

Jack Pickford was the last film, 
name to stir up the town. Between 
Jack and Evelyn the papers, at 
least, have had some local news to 
Write about. ^ . 

Miss Brent explains that, she 
started in school in Syracuse and 
then removed to Brooklyn, where 
she attended the training depart- 
.' inent (gra.de Bchool) of the Normal 
College. Later she was enrolled in 
the high school d^^partment of the 
same institution, but her high 
school career was short. For eco- 
nomic reasons Miss Brent was 
forced to leave school and find em- 
ployment. 

Weather Forecast 



.Washington, Sept. 11. 
AVeather Bureau furnished Variety 
with its outlook for the coming 
week. 

Country east of the Mississippi 
■unsettled weather and probably ocr 
casional showers next two or three 
days, followed by . clearing Saturday 
or Sunday (16). . ■ 
"Cooler at end of this week. 



CHRISTIES BAWLED BY 
PAR FOR MORE FUN 

Christie brothers have been called 
on the Paramount carpet and told 
they will have to seek another re- 
lea^iing medium unless they can find 
some way to pep up their short sub- 
jects. 

From sources it is also gfithcred 
in the Par home office that Charles, 
Christie, who has been intermittent- 
ly closeted with Sidney Kent for thC 
past few weeks, will return to HoJr 
lywbod within a few days armed 
with a program said to call largely 
for the elimination of studio, dead- 
wood. , 

Paramounteers intimate with the 
sittiation say that the Christies l?ave 
pleaded presentations as the setback 
fbr a Broadway market of their 
shorts The Zukor organization, 
whose hand in the short field was 
forced by M. G. M.'s tieup with ^al 
Roach, has come back, it is reported, 
with the. retort that Christies, have 
had only one comedy \ f 
Broadway theatre during about the 
past 10 months, as there was nothing 
in their offering other than Dizzy 
Biver" with sound, to merit the 
showing. 





Star's Office Goes Speak 



What was until a few days 
ago the eastern office of a Hol- 
lywood star, in the fair dough 
until a tilt over budgets cost 
him his release, will be opened 
within the next few days aa a 
fullflcdged speakie. 



|2 Mid-West Chains 



Tell Managers 
ITo Read '"Variety ' 



p. A;S LEAVING so FASTI 
WAfflPAS SHY ON EXECS | 



ROSCOE AILS 

Thanks Shirley Dahl, Ralph Singer, 
Dorothy Ellsworth. Bob Sawyer, 
Russell Botkins, . Judkins Foster. 
Maurice Bennett and Edward and 
Eva Schricker for their . Invaluable 
co-operation In helping Roscoe to 
make his engagement at the Tower 
Theatre, Chicago, last week an 
outstanding genuine smash. . 

Roscoe opens Interstate tour Sep- 
tember 15. 



Wine Tonic Fad Worries 
Hollywood Rum Boys 



Jas. Murray Infisposed; 
Loses Le